Director of Impact Strategy - Education, The Minneapolis Foundation
Patrice Relerford began her career as an education reporter at the Star Tribune. Patrice covered the Minneapolis Public Schools and west suburban districts. She wrote about a variety of topics including homelessness among children and teens, school choice, accountability under No Child Left Behind, and the impact of the 2007 Parents Involved Supreme Court case on local school boundary change plans.
Prior to joining The Minneapolis Foundation, Patrice was the Institutional Support Coordinator at People Serving People, a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. She managed the shelter’s relationships with foundation and corporate donors. Patrice joined The Minneapolis Foundation as a Policy Associate and Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow in early 2015 and was promoted to her current role in June 2015.
Patrice supports The Minneapolis Foundation’s community partners and education grantees as they work to sustain or replicate high-quality schools and early childhood programs, empower parents and communities, and advance racial, social and economic equity through policy and systems change. She grew up in a low income neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. Patrice credits her parents and the rigorous curriculum and high expectations at her public magnet high school for setting her on the path to achievement. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago.