The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations welcomes new board chair and three new board members

Jan. 24, 2017

The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations are pleased to announce Chris Hilger as incoming board chair. Hilger is the president of Securian Financial Group, managing the company’s institutional products and services and previously served as MN Partner’s board vice chair. He succeeds Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners as board chair. Brainerd will remain on the board.

“The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations are important organizations in our community. It is an honor to be a part of a group of committed individuals who advocate for a region and state where all communities and people can thrive,” said Hilger.

In addition to new board leadership, MN Partners has also added three new members: Scott Burns, Dr. Joseph Lee and Michael Ott.

Scott Burns is CEO and co-founder of GovDelivery, providing technology solutions to help over 1,000 government clients communicate with more than 130 million people. Scott led a number of successful acquisitions while at GovDelivery including the acquisition of GovLoop which grew into an online community of more than 300,000 government employees working together to learn how to improve how they serve the public.

Joseph Lee, M.D. is the medical director for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s youth services. Dr. Lee is Hazelden’s thought leader on matters related to youth, addiction, families and mental health. A triple-boarded physician, he completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at Duke University Hospital and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Substance Abuse Committee.

Michael Ott is the president of The Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank. As the leader of The Reserve, Mike is responsible for the success of teams in 38 offices across the country, as well as the clients they serve. Mike sets the strategy and vision for The Reserve and is responsible for developing business in key areas, including Investment Management, Private Banking, Wealth Planning and Trust and Estate Services. Mike graduated with an engineering degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned his M.B.A. from Boston College.

“The Foundations are fortunate to have the experience and talent of our new board chair and new board members behind our work. We are grateful for the blend of community connection and business they will bring to our philanthropy. Their leadership is essential for strong, responsive community-centered programming,” said Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president and CEO of MN Partners.

The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations also wish to extend its appreciation and recognize the contributions of retiring board members Jacqui Dorsey and Mark Wilson.

About the Foundations

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners are The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and more than 2,000 charitable organizations and donor funds. Together, we provide charitable and financial expertise, connections and services to help all people and communities in Minnesota thrive.


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Seena Hodges