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MACP announces new hires from Q1, Q2 2023

August 29, 2023

We are pleased to announce four new team members joined MACP in Q1 and Q2 2023. The group brings a myriad of talents, perspectives, and abilities to the organization and especially to our program work.

Please join us in welcoming them to our team.

Erin Dirksen, Program Associate, Animal Welfare. Erin (she/her) provides administrative, program, grant, and evaluation support for MACP’s Animal Welfare domain. Erin brings extensive experience in grants administration and database management. Before joining MACP, she served as Database Specialist, Grants Administration at the National Park Foundation, where she supported day-to-day operations of the Foundation’s grants management database: analyzing data, providing technical support and training to users, and working on reconciliations. Prior to that, she was the Grants Administrator at the Bush Foundation. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in marketing and management from St. Catherine University.

Jacob Sorrells, Administrative Specialist, Programs. Jacob (he/him) provides administrative support to MACP’s Legacy & Opportunity and Arts & Cultures domains and is a member of the Administrative Support team. He brings a wide array of administrative experience including reception duties, mail distribution, intensive scheduling, expense processing, and database management. Before joining MACP, he was an Office Services Coordinator at law firm Felhaber Larson, where he supported a group of nearly 40 attorneys. Prior to that he was an Assistant Preschool Teacher at The Cradle Club in Edina, where he supported a classroom of energetic early learners. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in music from St. Olaf College.

Justine Pearson, Program Associate, Teachers & Students. Justine (she/her) provides support to MACP’s Teachers & Students domain and its program strategies focused on Rural and Native American Post Secondary Student Success and Teacher Shortage, Diversity and Retention. Justine brings strong experience in grants administration and data management. Before joining MACP, she was a Management Analyst and Process Improvement Manager at the Minnesota State Arts Board, where she worked across government systems to support applicants and grantees with its online grants database. Justine holds a bachelor’s degree in music from University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a focus on flute performance.

Mai Neng Moua, Program Associate, Local Initiatives and Opportunities. Mai Neng (she/her) provides grant administration and program support for MACP’s Local Initiatives program and Anne Ray Foundation Opportunity Fund. Mai Neng brings deep experience in grants administration and relationship management. Before joining MACP, she was a Grants Specialist Coordinator at the MN Department of Natural Resources, where she worked with grantees, as well as state and federal agencies on the acquisition of parks and development of park facilities. Prior to that, she was at the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development. Mai Neng holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from St. Olaf College and attended the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.