DEB FOSTER – St. Croix Ojibwe
Deb has worked within the non-profit sector for over 30 years with a vision to be a star advocate for BIPOC communities by creating improvement opportunities where families and youth can flourish. She has provided executive leadership in program development and administration, fundraising, communications, change management, capital campaign projects, and leadership development for numerous agencies including the YMCA, Lyndale Neighborhood Association, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (now Violence Free Minnesota), and the Ain Dah Yung Center. Most recently, Deb facilitated a $17.5M capital campaign that realized a new 42-unit permanent supportive housing project for homeless Native youth.
With a master's in Marriage & Family Therapy (MS-MFT), Deb’s expertise in understanding the depth of needs within American Indian urban and Tribal Nations has garnered a lasting impact throughout Indian Country. Her passion has always been to orchestrate collaborative efforts and partnerships that result in win-win scenarios for all those involved.