Northwest Area Foundation Announces New Program Officer
ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 16, 2012) - The Northwest Area Foundation is pleased to announce Justin Huenemann has joined the Foundation as a program officer. He will be responsible for assisting in developing grantmaking approaches, identifying new prospective grantees, reviewing grant proposals, and monitoring grant progress.
Founder and former president of the Native American Community Development Institute, Minneapolis, Huenemann also helped established the first American Indian-owned bank branch in a major city, Woodlands National Bank. In addition, he worked with partners to create the only American Indian business corridor in a metropolitan area. Located in Minneapolis, the American Indian Cultural Corridor features locally-owned and operated businesses. The corridor along Minneapolis’ famed Franklin Avenue includes an eclectic mix of restaurants, gift shops, bakeries, and a Native American fine arts gallery. He is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.
“Justin brings an impressive track record of strengthening the Native American community in Minneapolis. His sharp focus on building upon the community’s assets has opened new possibilities for the future,” said Kevin Walker, president and CEO of Northwest Area Foundation. “We are pleased to have someone of his experience and insight joins us as we seek to invest in established and emerging organizations that help low-income people build assets and wealth in Native American communities and throughout our region.”
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Huenemann is on boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including the Tiwahe Foundation and the Neighborhood Development Center.
The Northwest Area Foundation is dedicated to supporting efforts by people, organizations and communities to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. The Foundation’s service region includes urban, rural and American Indian reservation communities in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The Great Northern Railway, founded by James J. Hill, served these states. Hill’s son, Louis W. Hill, established the Foundation in 1934. For more information, please visit www.nwaf.org.
Sylvia Burgos Toftness
Northwest Area Foundation
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