Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Announces Staff Promotions

Monday, January 25, 2016

Today, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota announced the promotion of two staff to its Executive Team. Saanii Hernandez has been named Vice President and Mary Beth Hanson has been named Vice President of External Relations.

“Saanii and Mary Beth have been integral to the growth and success of the Women’s Foundation over the past decade,” said Lee Roper-Batker, president and CEO. “In their new roles, each will deliver expanded executive leadership to the Foundation’s mission to drive gender equity and build pathways to economic security for girls and women experiencing the greatest disparities in outcome in our state, particularly women and girls of color.”

Hernandez joined the Women’s Foundation in 2012 and most recently served as director of external affairs. Under her leadership, the Foundation launched Partnership for Women’s Prosperity, a national consortium of six women’s foundations working together to help economically vulnerable women and girls in America gain economic security through education, job training, and employment opportunities. Previously, Hernandez was senior program manager for Hispanics in Philanthropy (2004-2012) and associate community liaison at Northwest Area Foundation (2001-2004) working in partnership with tribal communities and Latinos in rural regions.

Mary Beth Hanson joined the Women’s Foundation as director of communications in 2006. Under her leadership, the Foundation has expanded its visibility and launched a successful strategic communications campaign to end child sex trafficking in Minnesota. Previously, Hanson was public relations manager for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis (2004), communications director for Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (2002), and communications director for Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (1991).

About the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is a statewide community foundation investing in innovation to drive gender equity. The Foundation envisions a world of equal opportunity where women and girls – and all people – hold the power to create and live safe, prosperous lives. Through grantmaking, research, and public policy, the Foundation is building pathways to prosperity for girls and women in Minnesota with the greatest disparities in outcome. Founded in 1983, it is the first and largest statewide women’s foundation in the country. More at WFMN.ORG.

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