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News Release: McKnight hires three staff

June 8, 2012

The McKnight Foundation has hired Kristen Marx as arts program assistant, Jeffrey Tatsuda as part-time receptionist, and Danita Marroquin as part-time receptionist/administrative assistant. Marroquin and Tatsuda joined the Foundation staff recently and Marx will begin working in mid-June.

Since 2008, Kristen Marx has worked as administrative assistant to senior leadership and the board of directors at the Walker Art Center. Previously she worked in various capacities at several Twin Cities arts organizations, including the Jungle Theater, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and Park Square Theatre. Marx has a bachelor's degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in arts and cultural management from Saint Mary's University. In her new role at McKnight, she will assist in advancing the Foundation's arts program strategies to support an environment in which artists are valued leaders in our community, with access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.

Jeffrey Tatsuda recently graduated from South High School in Minneapolis and will be attending the University of Minnesota in the fall. Tatsuda has been a volunteer with McKnight grantee Friends of the Mississippi River for many years, helping to further the organization's efforts to preserve and protect the Mississippi River; last summer he served as an office intern with Metro Transit at the Metropolitan Council, gaining experience in many facets of urban transit operation and management.

Danita Marroquin graduated with research honors from the University of Minnesota with a degree in cultural anthropology. Most recently, Marroquin provided administrative support to McKnight's international team. Prior to joining McKnight, she served in multiple positions over several years at the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, a longtime recipient of funding through the Foundation's environment program.

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 $1.9 billion and granted about $91 million in 2011.