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Dec 19, 2016

"Some foundations deal with disruptions well and some don't."

Bruce Thao talks about coming into F.R. Bigelow and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners as a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow. He shares his excitement about the new Linking Leaders initiative, talks about building relationships with his cohort of fellows and with his philanthropic colleagues. Bruce also shares thoughts on the state of philanthropy under a new federal administration and the importance of having genuine relationships within the communities you're trying to build and work beside.

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As a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow through the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Bruce serves as a Program Associate at the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.

At the Foundation, Bruce directs leadership initiatives for communities of color in Saint Paul's East Metro area, spearheads funding initiatives to support innovation in leadership development, and supports the Foundation’s grantmaking to address a variety of human service and capacity needs.

Bruce holds a master's in psychology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia as well as a master's in social welfare from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Bruce founded his own consulting business, providing leadership coaching and diversity training to individuals and institutions, and served as Director of Programs for Hmong American Partnership and Hmong National Development. Bruce was also a 2013 Bush Leadership Fellow and a 2014 White House Champion of Change. 

He was selected as 2016 “Young Professional of the Year” by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Bruce is also a Board Member of the St. Paul Children’s Collaborative. 

Outside of work, Bruce enjoys running, tennis, meditation and traveling.

Email  or call 651.325.4268

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