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Tuesday Program for Our Members

Tuesday Program - August 23

Topic: The Minneapolis Foundation

Speaker: R.T. Rybak

Tuesday, August 23

Social Hour: 10:00 - 11:00 am in the Lounge

Program: 11:00 - 12:00 pm in the Ballroom

Lunch: 12:00 pm in the Dining Room

R.T. Rybak has served as President & CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation since July 2016. As a leader of one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, the Foundation has deepened its community impact, significantly grown its donor base and contributions, and launched a strategic framework that more directly focuses on using multiple impact levers to dismantle inequities.

A Minneapolis native, R.T. spent 30 years in journalism, publishing, marketing, and the Internet before serving as Mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013. His most significant career focus has been developing equitable career paths for youth of color. That work has included being a founding partner of: Step Up, which has provided summer jobs to 23,000 high school students; Urban Scholars, its companion program for college students; the Power of YOU, which provides free community college tuition; ConnextMSP, an alumni association helping participants of high-performing programs serving youth of color connect to careers; and Generation Next, a coalition of civic, business, and school leaders focused on racial equity, where R.T. served as executive director from 2014 to 2016.

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.

RSVP for lunch at 612-813-5300 or

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