Teresa brings more than twenty-five years of professional experience in philanthropy, foundation and nonprofit leadership to her role as Program Director for Aroha Philanthropies’ Vitality + Arts (55+ Arts) Program.
She previously served as director of the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, where she managed $20 million in Foundation grantmaking annually and led the company’s community relations activities; the Piper Jaffray Foundation; and two nonprofit organizations, Milkweed Editions and the Library Foundation of Hennepin County. Arts and cultural programs have long been a major focus of her professional experience and a personal passion.
In collaboration with the Family Office Association, Teresa developed its first-ever survey of FOA members on the impact of their philanthropy and authored a white paper on the topic in 2013. Teresa served on the Council on Foundations’ 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference Task Force and the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ 2011 Family Philanthropy Symposium Planning Committee, and is a frequent speaker on philanthropy. She is a principal in Family Philanthropy Advisors, with offices in Minneapolis and the Bay Area.
Teresa graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a degree in journalism. After completing Law School at the University of Minnesota, she clerked for the Hon. Gerald Heaney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and was a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist and Vennum before moving to the nonprofit sector.