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AFP MN Annual Meeting & Education Event: “Philanthropy in Minnesota Today”

October 7 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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R.T. Rybak
President & CEO
Minneapolis Foundation

R.T. Rybak has served as President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation since July of 2016.

As leader of one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, Rybak oversees the management of nearly $800 million in assets; the administration of more than 1,300 charitable funds created by individuals, families, and businesses; and the average annual distribution of more than $80 million in grants.

A Minneapolis native, R.T. Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, the commercial real estate business, publishing and the Internet before being elected mayor of Minneapolis (2002-2013) in his first run for public office. Most recently he served as Executive Director of Generation Next a coalition of civic, business and school leaders focused on closing the racial achievement gap in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

He is the author of “Pothole Confidential” about his 12 years as Mayor of Minneapolis.  He also serves as Chair of the Destination Medical Center Corporation a 20-year public-private economic development initiative to facilitate and support public infrastructure in Rochester. He and his wife Megan O’Hara, have two grown children.


Eric Jolly, Ph.D.
President & CEO
St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations

Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations – an organization working to create an equitable, just and vibrant Minnesota where all communities and people thrive.

Jolly joined the Foundations in 2015. As a lifelong educator and scientist, Jolly’s signature leadership style has been to listen deeply to those in the community. As a result, Jolly has focused the Foundations on three distinct strategies: inspiring generosity, advancing equity and investing in community-led solutions.

The consistent thread woven throughout Jolly’s vast career is the belief that all humans deserve a life filled with dignity and opportunity. This commitment has lead him to serve in many capacities.

Before joining the Foundations, Jolly worked for a decade as president of the Science Museum of Minnesota and prior, as vice president and senior scientist at the Education Development Center in Massachusetts. He has also worked in successive academic roles at several colleges and universities, including professor, dean, assistant chancellor and director for Affirmative Action and Diversity.

He is a life member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, a life fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former director of the board of the National Museum of the American Indian. Currently he serves on a number of local and national boards, including the Bush Foundation, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Greater MSP. Jolly is a member of honor societies, including Sigma Xi, Phi Eta Sigma, Mortarboard and Golden Key.

Widely recognized for his work with communities and policy makers, Jolly has published articles and books and has lectured around the world. He is also a frequent contributor to articles, opinion editorials and global conversations and convenings about equity, inclusion and community-building.

Jolly has a doctorate in psychology and a master’s degree in psychometrics from the University of Oklahoma.


Duchesne Drew
Community Network Vice President
Bush Foundation

Duchesne Drew is the Community Network vice president at the Bush Foundation, which supports leadership development and community-driven problem-solving in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. He oversees and integrates the work of the Foundation’s Communications, Community Innovation and Leadership Programs teams. A key part of Duchesne’s role is community engagement. He builds partnerships with related organizations and leaders, and he helps to link and grow formal and informal networks across the region.

A veteran newspaper reporter, editor and manager, Duchesne previously worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Dallas Morning News. He loves being able to apply the skills, insights and community connections he developed as a journalist to philanthropy. In addition to serving on the board of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Duchesne is a member of the Itasca Project’s working team and he’s a steering committee member of Greater MSP’s “BE MSP” Initiative, which is focused on retaining professionals of color within the Twin Cities Region. Duchesne’s other board commitments include the African American Leadership Forum, the Monitors Club, the Leadership Learning Community, the Columbia Daily Spectator and the advisory board of Ujamaa Place.

Sponsored by

Hansen Henley Yoder & Lamb


Registration and networking

Lunch served

State of the Chapter
Presented by:
Chapter President, Dan Sassenberg, CFRE

Speaker Presentation

Q&A Session

Event Concludes



October 7
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Categories:


AFP Minnesota


Register online:
Members FREE , Nonmembers $30
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Additional Details:
Directions to Discovery Hall: Upon entrance, you will see the T. rex to your right and the Box Office to the left. Walk around the Box Office and veer left to get to the Riverway stairs and elevators. If the Box Office or Musical Stairs are on your left, the Riverway elevators will be along the brick wall to your right. Proceed down one level to the 4th floor. Please contact the AFP office at (952) 444-6361 with any questions.


Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102
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