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News Release: McKnight hires international program administrator

May 6, 2011 - The McKnight Foundation has hired My Lo as international program administrator. She will join the Foundation staff on May 23.

Lo most recently worked at Refugee Council USA in Washington, D.C., advocating on behalf of non-governmental organizations around resettlement issues. During her career she has worked internationally at Human Rights Watch in Bangkok, Thailand, and at Real Venta Antequera in Seville, Spain. Closer to home in Minnesota, Lo’s past employers include two Minneapolis-based McKnight grantees, the Center for Victims of Torture and Youth Frontiers.

Fluent in four languages — English, Spanish, French, and Hmong — Lo has a strong background in project management, implementation, and monitoring. She has an undergraduate degree in global studies and Spanish from the University of Minnesota, and this month will receive her master’s degree in international development from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

The goal of McKnight’s international program is to promote strong rural livelihoods and food security for people with limited opportunities. In 2010, approximately 10% (about $9 million) of McKnight’s total payout went to support this goal.

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.