General Session Bios


Sarah Caruso is President and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Twin Cities United Way, the largest nonprofit social service agency in Minnesota and the second largest United Way in the country. In 2009, Greater Twin Cities United Way raised over $94 million to help the communities it serves solve its most pressing issues in the areas of basic needs, health and education. As CEO, she oversees the organization’s progress against 10 measurable goals developed to create pathways out of poverty for the region’s most vulnerable citizens.

Caruso began her career in the business world, primarily at General Mills where she managed some of the largest consumer brands in the U.S., including Cheerios and Wheaties. She has received numerous national industry awards and citations for her marketing skills.

Caruso has a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts with high honors in economics from Smith College. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three teenage children.

Leslie Crutchfield is Senior Advisor at FSG Social Impact Consultants and an internationally-renowned expert on philanthropy and nonprofits. Bestselling author of two books on high impact social change organizations. Leslie is a seasoned philanthropy advisor and nonprofit leader who has launched, led, funded, and advised top nonprofit and philanthropic groups. She is a senior advisor at FSG, the global social impact consulting firm founded in 1999 as Foundation Strategy Group by Mark Kramer and Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter. Leslie is a recent managing director of Ashoka, the world’s oldest and largest venture philanthropy group.

In the 1990s, she co-founded a national magazine for social entrepreneurs and leaders of growing nonprofits (circulation 50,000). Both Newsweek and Self magazines have featured her as one of America’s top leaders under 40. She has appeared in or contributed to The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and she appeared on ABC News Now, NPR, PBS and other media.

Leslie currently serves on the board of the SEED Foundation and Kiva. She volunteered with Crossroads Africa in the Gambia. She holds an MBA and AB from Harvard University.

Les Fujitake is the Superintendent of Bloomington Public Schools, which serves 10,300 students at 17 facilities with a staff of over 1,700. Bloomington Public Schools has a rich tradition of excellence and academic success because of its strong community support.

Mr. Fujitake’s 38 years of leadership experience includes roles as CEO of a hospital and executive positions in industries ranging from real estate development to banking. Prior to being named Superintendent of Schools in 2006, Mr. Fujitake served 11 years as the Bloomington Public Schools’ Business Manager.

Mr. Fujitake serves on a number of boards and advisory committees, including the Metropolitan Learning Alliance, Education Foundation of Bloomington, Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Intermediate School District 917, Hennepin County’s Accelerating Graduation by Reducing Achievement Disparities (A-GRAD) External Oversight Committee, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way, where he serves as the Chair of its Education Committee. Recently, Mr. Fujitake served on the Governor’s Working Group on Education Finance and has been nominated to serve on the Governor’s Early Learning Council.

Mr. Fujitake holds a MBA from Chaminade University in Hawaii. He and his wife Jolene, a kindergarten teacher, have two sons.

Ellen Goldberg Luger, Executive Director, General Mills Foundation and Vice President, General Mills, Inc., joined the General Mills Foundation in 1997.  Earlier, Luger practiced corporate law in private practice and as a corporate lawyer for Best Foods, and practiced and was a partner at Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A., Minneapolis. She graduated with a B.A. from Wellesley College -Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors in Political Science and Sociology, J.D., Georgetown University Law Center.

Ellen’s current volunteer work includes: Trustee, Wellesley College; Breck School; Advisor, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Center for the Study of Politics and Governance; National Council on Foundations Committee on Corporate Grant-making; and Conference Board’s Contributions Council.

Jay Kiedrowski is a senior fellow in the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  He teaches courses on public and nonprofit financial analysis and budgeting, organizational performance and change, strategic human resources management, integrative leadership, and public service redesign.  He also does executive training and consults.

Before coming to the University in 2004, Kiedrowski was the executive vice president for Wells Fargo and Company (successor to Northwest Corporation).  He was responsible for leading institutional trust, institutional brokerage, and trust operations for the merged Northwest/Wells Fargo organization. Kiedrowski serves on several boards and participates in other community activities.

Kiedrowski earned a B.S.M.E. in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master of arts from the University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  He also holds an Ed.D. from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Mark Kramer is co-founder and Managing Director of FSG Social Impact Consultants and the author of influential publications on CSR, catalytic philanthropy, strategic evaluation, impact investing, and adaptive leadership. He oversees FSG‘s consulting practice and helps drive the vision and growth of the firm.  He has led consulting engagements across all of FSG’s impact areas, with particular emphasis on philanthropic strategy for private and community foundations, CSR, evaluation, and impact investing.  Mr. Kramer also leads the research on many of FSG’s publications and publishes regularly in Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review.  He is a frequent speaker around the world on topics in catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, creating shared value for corporations, new approaches to evaluation and shared measurement, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and adaptive leadership.

Toni Randolph is an award-winning journalist who has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 2003. She’s a general assignment reporter who writes about a number of topics, including homelessness and immigration. Randolph is also a newscaster and host at MPR. Before moving to Minnesota, Randolph worked at WBUR-FM in Boston for more than seven years. She covered Massachusetts politics, airport security and the clergy sex abuse scandal. Randolph began her public broadcasting career as news director at one of her hometown public radio stations in Buffalo, NY, shortly after earning her M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Jonathan Sage-Martinson leads the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, a 13-member collaborative comprised of local and national funders dedicated to working with others to create and implement corridor-wide strategies aimed at ensuring the adjoining neighborhoods, residents and businesses broadly share in the benefits of investment in the Central Corridor Light Rail Line in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Jonathan coordinates learning opportunities for members and other Central Corridor stakeholders, initiates and participates in issue-based working groups, and reviews grant proposals. He has led the Funders Collaborative since its inception in 2008.

Jonathan has a BA in Political Science and German from the University of Minnesota and a MPA in Nonprofit Management and Community Economic Development from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Cathy ten Broeke is the Director of the Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness, where she leads the planning and implementation of the community’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and directs Project Homeless Connect. Cathy is also Chair of The National Leadership Council on Homelessness, which advises the Obama Administration on best practices and policies related to homelessness. Cathy holds a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.