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Gary Cunningham
Vice President of Programs - Chief Program Officer

For over 20 years, Gary Cunningham has served as the top leader of philanthropic, health care, public policy and educational organizations. Currently, he serves as vice president, chief program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation. He is responsible for carrying out the foundation's mission to support efforts by the people, organizations, and communities to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity in eight states.

Mr. Cunningham presently is on the boards of Association of Black Foundation Executives, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, and Generation Next; the advisory council of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Hamline Policy Center. He is co-chair of the City of Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention and co-chair of the African American Leadership Forum. He serves as a Council Member of the Metropolitan Council representing Minneapolis. In 2011, Cunningham was elected as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration.

Gary Cunningham earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his Bachelor of Arts in public policy from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.