Meet our staff


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.

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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. 

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Director of Administration

Tracy Lamparty

Tracy Lamparty is the Director of Administration at the Foundation. She manages the Foundation’s grantmaking, administrative, financial, and IT operations. Tracy joined the Foundation as the Office Manager in 2008 and was promoted to Grants & Operations Manager in 2011. Tracy focuses her efforts on creating and maintaining efficiencies in both the office and the Foundation’s grants management operations.

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Program Director- Economic Ecosystem

Elizabeth Coco

Elizabeth Coco is the Program Director—Economic Ecosystem at the Foundation. In this role, Coco directs all community impact efforts and grantmaking activities within the small business and entrepreneurship ecosystem grantmaking portfolio. Coco joined the Foundation in fall 2015 as VISTA Program Manager. In June 2017, she was promoted to the role of Program Officer dedicated to the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ecosystem grantmaking strategy.

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Foundation Mascot


If you’ve been around the Foundation offices, you may have noticed Zander.  He’s a very friendly and gentle Australian Cattle Dog, whose one objective is to give and receive love. Zander’s work life consists of the occasional visit to the office, chasing a ball, greeting visitors and fielding “ooh’s and aahs”.