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News Release: McKnight announces two staff changes


The McKnight Foundation has named Becky Monnens as international program officer and hired Shaina Briscoe as grants administration associate. Monnens has worked in McKnight's international program for over three years, and Briscoe joined the Foundation's staff in February.

Becky Monnens has been named international program officer. Monnens, who was hired as a program associate in 2007, is fluent in Spanish and graduated from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, with a master's degree in organizational leadership. Previously in her career, she worked at several nonprofits that provide aid to low-income populations in South America, including spending three years in Bolivia at Unidad Academica Campesina de Carmen Pampa. She is also a former employee of Mano a Mano International Partners in Mendota Heights and the Carmen Pampa Fund in St. Paul. In her new role at the Foundation, Monnens will manage grants and relationships within McKnight's international strategies to promote strong rural livelihoods and food security for people with limited opportunities.

Shaina Briscoe has joined McKnight's staff as grants administration associate. A graduate of Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, Briscoe comes to McKnight after three years in community relations at Target Corporation, where she developed her skills in grants database management and coordinated a range of Target's outreach efforts, including Veteran's Day service projects, programming partnerships with the Salvation Army, and a school food pantry program. Previously, she managed grant requests for the Minnesota Wild's Community Giving Fund.

ABOUT THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based Foundation had assets of approximately $1.9 billion and granted about $96 million in 2010.