NDSU Foundation Team Member since 2016
As executive manager, Gwen provides day-to-day leadership, system, and administrative support to the senior vice president of principal gifts to coordinate principal gifts activities and presidential engagement. Prior to this role, Gwen served as the director of development operations for the Foundation.
Gwen was raised on a farm in Regent, North Dakota. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration the University of North Dakota. Gwen worked in various industries until her move back to the state in 2004 to raise her family; it was during this time that her focus transferred to nonprofit work. Gwen loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys reading, completing puzzles, and being outdoors. She and her husband, Jim, have five children and one grandchild.
“The importance of giving back was a value instilled in me while growing up and still holds strong today. I also experienced first-hand, through scholarship support, the impact of philanthropy. Working at the Foundation connects the two; providing the opportunity to help facilitate philanthropy while giving back both individually and with a team to make a positive difference for and with others.”