Program Director

Joel Luedtke

Joel Luedtke is the Program Director at the Foundation. Joel serves as the point person for the Foundation’s Student-Centered Learning grantmaking strategy, and has primary responsibly for the Foundation’s overall impact and evaluation efforts. Joel also has considerable experience in adult workforce development.  He managed the Phillips Sectoral Employment Initiative, and currently serves on the board of the Minneapolis St. Paul Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin). Prior to joining the Foundation in 2007, Joel served as the Director of the Minnesota Council of Churches’ Refugee Services program. He supervised a multi-ethnic staff of 14 that provided a range of services to new refugee arrivals. Joel earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.  He is a proud “Northeaster” and lives with his family in Minneapolis’ Audubon Park neighborhood.