Board of Directors

Kate Wolford

Kate Wolford

President, The McKnight Foundation

Kate Wolford served as president of The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, from 2006-2019. She worked with board and staff to establish a robust impact investing program, aligning over 1 in 3 endowment dollars to mission. Under her leadership, the Foundation established a Midwest climate and energy program and embraced adaptive action as a core operating principle.

Prior to joining McKnight, Wolford spent 13 years as president of Lutheran World Relief (LWR). From 1991 to 2006, she worked at LWR, where she was named president after two years as program director for Latin America. Previously, she established Church World Service's Caribbean regional office for disaster response and community-based development, and worked with Servicio Social de Iglesias Dominicanas.  Wolford has a B.A. in history from Gettysburg College, an M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in religious studies from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.