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Bernadette Christiansen

Vice President of Operations


Bernadette Christiansen joined The McKnight Foundation in May 2006. Immediately prior to her position at McKnight, Christiansen was the administrative director at the Guthrie Theater where she oversaw human resources including collective bargaining, IT, and facilities.

Christiansen was deeply involved in the transition to the new theater on South Second Street. She received her B.A. from the College of Saint Benedict and has over 30 years of experience in management.

She is currently on the board of Tofte Lake Center, an artist’s retreat in Ely, MN and on the executive committee and board of Plymouth Christian Youth Center. Bernadette lives with her husband and two cocker spaniels in Minneapolis.