Executive Director

Patrick Troska

Patrick Troska is the Executive Director at the Foundation.  He also serves as point person for the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ecosystem grantmaking strategy. He has been with the Foundation since 2000 when he came on board as a Program Officer. In January 2005 he was promoted to Senior Program Officer with responsibilities to oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking program, including reviewing all final reports submitted on grants made by the Foundation. From 1997 to 2000, he was a Fund Distribution and Community Initiatives Manager for the United Way of the Saint Paul Area. Patrick began his career in youth services where he held several positions with the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Minnesota Children’s Museum. He earned his B.A. from St. John’s University, and holds an M.A. in Leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He has served on many nonprofit boards including District 202, ACTS of St. Paul, and Minnesota AIDS Project, which he chaired from April 2010-April 2012. In June 2009 he completed a fellowship in public policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.  He lives in Minneapolis with his faithful canine companion, Zander.