JAUM names Senior VP of Development

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest names Senior Vice President of Development
Morgan Kinross-Wright brings experience and leadership to nonprofit

Maplewood, MN –Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest has named Morgan Kinross-Wright as its new Senior Vice President of Development. Kinross-Wright graduated from University of Montana with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. She received her Master of Science degree from Minnesota State University (Mankato), and her MBA from University of Michigan.

Kinross-Wright brings fundraising and donor relations expertise to Junior Achievement from her long and successful tenure at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. In 2003, she joined the Carlson School as Associate Director of Corporate Relations. In 2005, she moved to the Undergraduate Business Career Center where she oversaw career development and placement services for more than 2,300 undergraduate students. During her tenure, the UBCC developed into a nationally recognized center and consistently ranked among the very best business school career centers in the country. In 2013, Kinross-Wright returned to the world of advancement by being named Executive Director for Corporate and Alumni Relations. In this role, she built a new team dedicated to growing the Carlson School’s corporate philanthropy and alumni engagement. She oversaw the launching of several national alumni chapters and corporate alumni clubs while more than doubling the school’s local and national alumni engagement. Kinross-Wright lead one of America’s most productive business school corporate development programs, securing more than $4M in gifts and sponsorships annually during her tenure.

“Morgan’s experience and passion for our mission will be invaluable to our organization,” said Gina Blayney, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. “The leadership she will provide will help ensure our future success throughout our three-state region.” She will lead Junior Achievement’s efforts to secure external funding for programs and services, with a focus on deepening and expanding partnerships and strategic relationships with current and prospective donors. She will begin her career with Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest on April 17, 2017.

Junior Achievement teaches students in grades K-12 about money management, how to prepare for college and a career, and how to start businesses that create jobs and strengthen our economy. Each year, JA partners with nearly 10,000 volunteers to teach its experiential and fun programs to students. JA volunteers inspire and prepare students to succeed in school and in life by serving as role models and sharing their personal and professional experiences.