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McKnight hires three staff

The McKnight Foundation has hired Megan Powers as international program officer,  Flannery Clark as executive assistant, and  Grace Fredrickson as accounting assistant.

Megan Powers comes to McKnight from Grassroots Solutions, a firm specializing in strategy, organizing, training, and evaluation. During her five years as a senior consultant, she led strategy, coordination, facilitation, convening, advising, and evaluation efforts on a host of nonprofit, public, and philanthropic initiatives. Previously she held leadership positions at two Minneapolis nonprofits, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and The Advocates for Human Rights, where she led an initiative to prevent child labor in rural Nepal. Powers spent a year in Mokpo, South Korea, as a Fulbright grantee and trainer. Fluent in Spanish, she completed a graduate program in international conflict resolution as a Rotary World Peace Fellow at Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and holds a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.

Prior to McKnight,  Flannery Clark spent three years as associate administrator at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Over a five-year stint at Macalester College she worked as project manager for software implementation, assistant director of admissions, and admissions officer. She has a double major in political science and history and a minor in legal studies from Macalester. A native of Montana, Clark grew up in Washington, D.C. and northern Arizona. During and after college, Clark worked as a 911 dispatcher at the 24-hour Grand Canyon regional communications center, serving federal lands across northern Arizona.

Grace Fredrickson has over six years’ experience in accounting, having worked prior to McKnight in a variety of roles at several prominent organizations including Korn Ferry, an international leadership development and recruitment company, and Aeon, a Minneapolis-based affordable housing nonprofit and McKnight grantee. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is active in the Twin Cities dance scene as a participant, spectator, and teacher.

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based family foundation had assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $86 million in 2014. Learn more at, and follow us on  Facebook and  Twitter.

Na Eng, Communications Director, 612-333-4220

Topic: Communications

August 2015