Program Director- Education

Joel Luedtke

Joel Luedtke is the Program Director- Education and manages the Foundation’s education grantmaking, which is focused on student-centered school transformation in North Minneapolis. This work is done in deep collaboration with community advisors, and Joel facilitates their strategy development and grantmaking decisions.  Joel also has considerable experience in adult workforce development.  He managed the Phillips Sectoral Employment Initiative, and served on the board of the Minneapolis St. Paul Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) until its planned sunset in 2020. 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 12 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.