PAGE MENU toggle sub nav

Share This:

Facebook Twitter Email

McKnight hires Mississippi River program officer

July 19, 2013

The McKnight Foundation has hired Mark Muller as Mississippi River program officer. He will join the foundation in August.

Muller has worked for 14 years at the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, an organization that promotes resilient food systems, communities, and ecosystems. During his tenure at IATP he has served in multiple leadership roles, including as director of the Environment and Agriculture, Food Justice, and Food and Community Fellows programs; played key roles in several Upper Mississippi River-related initiatives; provided several keynote addresses, including at the 2012 U.S. Agriculture Information Network conference; and served as an advisor to the Kellogg Foundation. He is also currently organizing two convenings on behalf of the Walton Family Foundation’s Mississippi River initiative, to facilitate greater collaboration among grantees and to explore technologies to improve watershed health.
Among his other accomplishments, Muller has taught high school science in New York City; volunteered for over a year in Choluteca, Honduras, and Solola, Guatemala; and served on the board of directors for the Wedge Natural Foods Co-op. He has a B.A. in physics from State University at Geneseo, New York, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, New York. He has a background in on-farm nutrient management and is co-owner of a farm in Dubuque, Iowa.

McKnight’s Mississippi River program goal is to restore the water quality and resilience of the Mississippi River. In 2012, approximately 10% (roughly $8.5 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, collaboration, 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 $2 billion and granted about $85 million in 2012. Learn more at, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tim Hanrahan, Communications Director, (612) 333-4220