Bruce Thao

Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow

Bruce Thao
“Philanthropy has the power and potential to create broad scale impact and social change. Working at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, I have an exciting opportunity to leverage my diverse background in community engagement and social change to strategize how we can further support and uplift leaders in the East Metro.”

As a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow through the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Bruce serves as a Program Associate at the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.

At the Foundation, Bruce directs leadership initiatives for communities of color in Saint Paul's East Metro area, spearheads funding initiatives to support innovation in leadership development, and supports the Foundation’s grantmaking to address a variety of human service and capacity needs.

Bruce holds a master's in psychology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia as well as a master's in social welfare from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Bruce founded his own consulting business, providing leadership coaching and diversity training to individuals and institutions, and served as Director of Programs for Hmong American Partnership and Hmong National Development. Bruce was also a 2013 Bush Leadership Fellow and a 2014 White House Champion of Change. 

He was selected as 2016 “Young Professional of the Year” by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Bruce is also a Board Member of the St. Paul Children’s Collaborative. 

Outside of work, Bruce enjoys running, tennis, meditation and traveling.

Email Bruce or call 651.325.4268

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