Laura Salveson joined the McKnight Foundation as Reception and Facilities director in October 2017. Previously, she served in several roles at the Minnesota Historical Society’s Mill City Museum, including program supervisor, helping to prepare for the opening of Mill City, then site manager, and finally museum director. Before that, Salveson worked at the Minnesota AIDS Project in volunteer resources and management, and at four Minnesota Historical Society sites as a guide and performer.

After earning a BA in theatre arts at the University of Minnesota, Salveson worked for many years as a freelance actor, small-theater producer, and director.