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May Thao-Schuck joins Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies as Director of Talent Development

August 17, 2023

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that May Thao-Schuck has joined the organization as Director, Talent Development. In this newly-created position, May joins MACP’s Human Resources and Administration team to lead the work of setting and implementing its talent development strategy, including talent acquisition, to help achieve the organization’s goals. Centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, May and the team will partner with leaders and managers on talent development initiatives that support staff in their continued development and provide resources employees need to grow in their roles and beyond.

May (she/her) comes to MACP with extensive leadership experience and more than 20 years of success in talent management, organization development, human resources, and strategic planning. Her background spans a wide range of sectors and industries, including education, healthcare, and the public sector. Most recently, May was Vice President of Career and Professional Development at St. Catherine University, where her primary responsibilities focused on aligning initiatives and programs with workforce needs and centering professional development and community engagement in both the University’s approaches and in the student experience.

“May brings an incredible skillset to this role, and we are excited to have her lead talent development at MACP,” commented Kim Christianson, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at MACP. “Establishing talent development as a dedicated team at the Philanthropies supports our ongoing commitment to create a working environment where employees have a strong sense of belonging, opportunities to learn and grow, and understand the impact they can make as part of our mission. We are thrilled to have a person with May’s deep experience and expertise to lead this team.”

May holds a doctorate in organization development and change from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in leadership from Argosy University, and a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Minnesota. She is active in the community, with previous service on the CommonBond board and active board roles with organizations such as Children’s Minnesota Hospital and Minnesota State High School League.