Rybak named CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation

R.T. Rybak has been named the new CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation. File photo

R.T. Rybak announced May 2 he plans to step down as executive director of gap-closing coalition Generation Next this summer to take a new job leading the Minneapolis Foundation.

The former Minneapolis mayor is set to become president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation beginning July 1. Rybak takes over from Sandra Vargas, who plans to retire in June.

In an email, Rybak said he planned to “play an ongoing, active role” in Generation Next as a member of the executive committee. The non-profit organization aims to unite local business, civic and education leaders in an effort to close the education and opportunity gaps that contribute to the wide disparities among Twin Cities residents.

Rybak joined Generation Next in 2013. It was his first job after 12 years in the mayor’s office.

In his new role, Rybak will lead one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the country. The century-old foundation focuses its giving in six areas: arts and culture; economic vitality; environment and conservation; community health; civic engagement; and education.

In his email announcing the change, Rybak wrote: “While I am very pleased to be able to lead the Foundation, I wanted to assure you I will remain deeply engaged in the issue of closing education gaps and specifically, very engaged in Generation Next.”

Jonathan May, director of data and research for Generation Next, will serve as managing director of the organization through the transition to a new executive director. The organization is scheduled to give an update on its work during a June 29 stakeholder’s meeting at Thrivent Financial Auditorium.