Bush Foundation hires new president

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The St. Paul-based Bush Foundation has named a new president.

The new head of the foundation will be Jennifer Ford Reedy, known for her work on the Itasca Project and the GiveMN.org initiative at the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Reedy is currently the chief of staff and vice president of strategy at Philanthropy Partners.

At the Bush Foundation, Reedy will succeed Peter Hutchinson, who headed the organization from 2008 through January 2012. Former University of Minnesota president Robert Bruininks has served as an interim leader.

Reedy is also a former McKinsey & Co. consultant and serves on the board of the Citizens League and the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

The Bush foundation was founded in 1953 by 3M Co. executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. It’s the fourth largest philanthropic foundation in Minnesota.

Reedy said she expects the foundation will make technological advances during her tenure.

“I think the Bush Foundation has already done some interesting work using online platforms and using social media, so it isn’t like I’m bringing a skill that isn’t already in the organization in some capacity,” she said. “But I definitely do have a lot of optimism about the power of social media and other technology tools in bringing people together, so I’ll definitely bring that to this role.”

Reedy is a Kansas native. She starts as the foundation’s fourth president on Sept. 4.

Editor’s note: Thanks to MPR’s Tim Nelson for this story

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