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Leadership and Management Area

Kate Barr

Adjunct Faculty Member

Kate Barr is the President and CEO of Propel Nonprofits, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit whose mission is to fuel the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital. Kate leads Propel’s team in developing and implementing innovative financing and programming and works with the board of directors to direct organizational planning and growth. She frequently presents workshops and presentations on nonprofit strategy, finance, and governance and is a sector level leader with articles, blogs, and policy papers.

Prior to joining the organization in 2000, Kate was Senior Vice President of Riverside Bank in Minneapolis with a wide portfolio of strategic and business responsibilities. She began her professional life as business manager of a performing arts nonprofit. Kate holds an MA in Leadership from Hamline University. She has been on the adjunct faculty of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School and Masters in Arts & Cultural Leadership program and both the Hamline University Masters in Nonprofit Management Program. She is an alumnus of the Humphrey School’s Policy Fellows Program and the Shannon Institute. She currently serves on the boards of Borealis Philanthropy and the Jerome and Camargo Foundations.