Executive Director

Patrick Troska

Patrick Troska is the President of the Foundation.  He has been with the Foundation since October 2000, and was named Executive Director in January 2011. In 2018, he was promoted to President. In addition to providing leadership for the Foundation’s overall strategy, he supports the Program Director – Economic Ecosystem in the Foundation’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem focus area. He is also leading the effort to redevelop The 927 Building, the North Minneapolis future home of the Foundation, which will also create ownership opportunities for local Black-owned businesses. During his tenure with the Foundation, he first served as a Program Officer, before being promoted to Senior Program Officer with responsibilities to oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking program. In the late 1990’s, 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 a Bachelor of Arts in theology and social work from St. John’s University in Collegeville MN, and holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg University in Minneapolis. In June 2009 he completed a fellowship in public policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He chaired the board of directors of the Minnesota AIDS Project from 2010-12, and chaired the Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative from 2015-2017. From 2017-19 he was on the founding board of directors of the Association for Black Economic Power, which is charged with opening Village Financial Cooperative, the only Black-led credit union in Minnesota.  Patrick currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, with his faithful canine companion, Zander.