ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 20, 2011) - The Northwest Area Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of new staff members in Programs and in Finance and Administration. Christianne Lind has joined as a program officer. Sherry Fisher is the new executive assistant and project coordinator.
Christianne Lind will manage the Foundation's portfolio of public policy grants. She leaves a position at the Finance Project, a nonprofit research, training, and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Her duties there included coordinating the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST), an affinity group of the Council on Foundations, focused on alleviating poverty and building prosperity in the U.S. Lind holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master's degree from the University Of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School Of Public Policy.
Sherry Fisher is executive assistant and project coordinator for the vice president of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. A graduate of University of St. Catherine, Fisher recently worked in accounting and management at Ameriprise Financial.
"We are excited to have Christianne and Sherry join our team. While they will serve very different functions, they share a passion for our mission of reducing poverty and building prosperity. The diverse skills they bring to their respective positions will contribute greatly to our success," said Kevin Walker, president and CEO.
The Northwest Area Foundation is dedicated to supporting efforts by people, organizations and communities to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. The Foundation's service region includes urban, rural and American Indian reservation communities in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The Great Northern Railway, founded by James J. Hill, served these states. Hill's son, Louis W. Hill, established the Foundation in 1934. For more information, please visit www.nwaf.org.