Ember Reichgott Junge was named Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer in December 2007. In that role, she provides strategic leadership for fundraising, communications, marketing, public policy, advocacy and volunteer services for the organization.
A native of Minnesota, Ember received her BA from St. Olaf College, her MBA from the University of St. Thomas and her JD from Duke University.
Well known for her public service, Ember served as a Minnesota State Senator from 1983 to 2000. She served over 20 years as a general counsel for businesses and nonprofits in the Twin Cities through her work with The General Counsel, Ltd. In addition, she formed her own communications company in 2000, advising and training nonprofit clients in communication strategies. She is an accomplished writer and public speaker on topics related to human services, education, government and ethics.
Her public service extends to boards such as the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross.
When she is not spending time with husband, Michael, Ember stays engaged in political commentary and statewide policy making. She is also an avid ballroom dancer.