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McKnight hires five finance staff

October 30, 2014 – McKnight hires five finance staff.

The McKnight Foundation recently hired five new staff in its finance and compliance team — an investment analyst, an investment assistant, two accountants, and an accounting assistant. Two hires are for new positions; the remaining three fill openings created by staff departures. All five started work at McKnight in October.

Daniel Lemm, accountant. Daniel joins McKnight after six years at Native Americans in Philanthropy, a nonprofit network committed to the beliefs and traditions of Native peoples. He has two bachelor's degrees (finance and accounting) and is currently pursuing a master's degree in nonprofit management at Hamline University. He is active on the boards of several organizations, including MCF, Tiwahe Foundation, and Dakota Wicohan.

Hope Ogunbamiyo, accounting assistant. Hope worked previously as senior accounts payable specialist at Catholic Charities, accounting and human resources manager at Tranquil Moments Therapeutic Wellness Center, and accounting assistant at MacPhail Center for Music. Hope is currently pursuing an associate in applied science degree from National American University.

Joshua Rosamond, investment assistant. An avid traveler, hiker, and camper, Joshua graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato with a bachelor's degree in corporate finance and a minor in business administration. He also has an associate of arts degree from Normandale Community College, and studied network administration and database management at Hennepin Technical College.

Malaika Smith, accountant. Malaika has held a variety of accounting positions at Twin Cities organizations, most recently at Sanneh Foundation, and previously at Urban Ventures and YouthWorks, Inc. In 2010 Malaika founded Faithful Ambition, a volunteer-based international nonprofit aimed at empowering young women through education, and in 2013 she was a Youthprise Change Fellow.

Nathan Wade, investment analyst. Nathan is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a double major in mathematics and economics. He comes to McKnight after several years in finance and sourcing at Target Corporation, as a senior business analyst, a lead planning analyst, and a financial analyst. Nathan also volunteers at Extreme Noise Records, a music collective in south Minneapolis.

About The McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform.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 2013. Learn more at, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.