Kate Wolford became president of The McKnight Foundation in December 2006. The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building, and strategic policy reform in the following areas: education and learning, youth development, the region and communities, the arts, the environment, and scientific research in selected fields.
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.
Wolford serves on the board of directors of Greater MSP and Living Cities.