David Nicholson joined McKnight in September 2020 as Bulshooyinka Feejignaanta & Sinnaanta ah (V&EC) program director. The V&EC program aims to u dhisaan mustaqbal firfircoon dhammaan reer Minnesota leh awood wadaag, barwaaqo, iyo kaqeybgal.
Saddexdii sano ee la soo dhaafay, Nicholson wuxuu ka shaqeeyey abuurista isbeddel nidaam ah iyada oo loo marayo hoggaanka bulshada iyo dhisidda dhaqdhaqaaqa bulshada Wuxuu ku soo shaqeeyay doorarka hogaaminta tiro dhowr ah oo aan macaash doon aheyn iyo iskaashatooyin tabaruc ah.
As executive director for Headwaters Foundation Caddaaladda, Minnesota’s premier social justice community foundation, he focused on building people-powered democracy and finding points of intersection between different groups and interests. He introduced the Mashruuca Bixinta Minnesota gudaheeda, waa moodal tabaruc ah oo cusub oo keenaya kooxo kala jaad ah, kooxo dad kala jaad ah oo ka wada socda sidii ay uga qaybqaadan lahaayeen deeqaha bulshada ku saleysan.
Hore shaqadiisa, Nicholson wuxuu u shaqeeyey agaasimaha barnaamijyada Ain Dah Yung (Xaruntayaga), a culture-based resource center serving Native families and youth. He also spent five years crafting policies in state government as director of the Sanduuqa Aasaasiga ee Carruurta, waa barnaamij lala kaashanayo bulshada maxalliga ah si loo joojiyo xadgudubka carruurta.
Nicholson has served on nonprofit boards for more than 20 years, 10 of them in board leadership roles. He has also served on national philanthropic boards, most notably for the former Isweydaarsiga Maalgelinta, a national collaborative of 17 social justice foundations.