Susie Brown

Susie Brown, President

About Susie: There's a slight chance you spotted Susie as an extra in the movie Ice Castles. That’s right! Susie’s claim to fame is that she was an extra in this classic 1978 film, back when she was a competitive figure skater herself. In addition to ice skating, Susie loves skiing, unplugging from everything at a cabin in Canada, and an “ENTP” on the Myers-Briggs test. Susie joined MCF in April of 2019 and resides in St. Paul.

Resume Snippets: Susie has spent her career in the nonprofit sector, beginning at Planned Parenthood of Connecticut and Planned Parenthood of New England, where she served as Public Affairs Director. After relocating to the Twin Cities, Ms. Brown acted as Public Policy Director at The Family Partnership before becoming Executive Director for Child Care Works, an organization dedicated to improving Minnesota’s child care system. She then held the role of Public Policy Director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits from 2010 to 2016.  During that time, Ms. Brown served on the MCF Public Policy Committee and the Minnesota Office of Grant Management.

An active community member, she now serves on the Community Advisory Council of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and on the boards of MACC: Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities and GrantAdvisor.  She also has participated actively on various committees of the National Association of Bar Executives and the Conference of Metropolitan Bar Associations.

She holds a BA degree in international affairs from Lewis and Clark College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont where she earned the Frank Smallwood Student award.  She was a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey Institute in 2006. 

She is an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University where she teaches courses in nonprofit management and governance. 

Contact Susie for:

  • Learning more about MCF and MCF membership
  • Sharing your foundation's news and updates
  • Trends and happenings in the field of philanthropy

Reach Susie by email at or by phone at 612.335.3557