The Minnesota Council on Foundations announced today the appointment of Trista Harris as the association’s next president. Harris is known nationally as a passionate advocate for new leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She has most recently served as executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis, and she is chair of the national board of advisors of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). Harris will succeed Bill King, who is retiring this summer after 25 years of service to MCF.
Harris’ prior professional experience includes service as program officer at The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation (now Minnesota Philanthropy Partners), as development director at Portico Healthnet, a nonprofit providing health coverage and education to uninsured Minnesotans, and in various research and management positions at other nonprofit organizations.
An accomplished author and speaker, Harris writes about generational changes in philanthropy on her blog, New Voices of Philanthropy. She has been featured on CNN and her work has been covered by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the New York Times, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal and numerous social sector blogs.
Harris will officially join the organization on July 29, 2013 at the Forum’s Annual Conference.