Christine Searson

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Christine Searson
“I love the changing dynamic of our industry, whether it is our exciting new programs or even new regulatory changes. It is never dull!”


Christine is vice president of Finance. She ensures the sound stewardship, financial leadership, regulatory compliance, risk management and operational effectiveness of the Foundations, more than 2,000 affiliates and private foundation clients.

Christine joined MN Partners in 2003 after six years as controller and then CFO for The San Francisco Foundation. She is a CPA, has a master’s degree from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Her master’s thesis focused on the effect of FASB 116 and 117, a pair of accounting rule changes that forever changed how U.S. nonprofits make financial disclosures. During her career she has helped nonprofits navigate those and other emerging accounting issues.

As a volunteer, Christine serves on the Finance Committee of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Finance and Audit Committee of the Citizens League. As an MNCPA speaker, Christine meets with high school students to encourage them to consider careers in accounting and finance.

She enjoys traveling with her husband and two sons, and she is active in her sons’ school, band and sporting events. When she has spare time, she enjoys a good book and trying new recipes.

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