Trista Harris

Trista is president of MCF, a vibrant community of grantmakers who award more than $1 billion annually. Prior to joining MCF in August 2013, she was executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis, and she previously served as program officer at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

Trista earned her master's of public policy degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and her bachelor of arts from Howard University, Washington, D.C. She is a passionate national advocate for the social sector using the tools of futurism to solve our communities’ most pressing challenges and is a member of the trends in family philanthropy task force for the National Committee for Family Philanthropy.

Trista strives to promote best practices in grantmaking that build capacity of nonprofits while creating measurable social change in the community.

She can be reached by email at tharris@mcf.org or by phone at 612.335.3557.