Portrait of Kate Barr
Adjunct Faculty
Leadership and Management Area

    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 and has been on the adjunct faculty of Hamline's Masters in Arts & Cultural Leadership program and its Masters in Nonprofit Management program. An alumna 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.