Executive Director Patti Annexstad has held many leadership roles within the Foundation since its inception in 2000. In her current role, Patti provides leadership, oversight and strategic planning while guiding the organization to fulfill the mission of supporting deserving and determined young adults through scholarship and mentorship. She finds great inspiration and motivation from the drive and tenacity of the Annexstad scholars. Patti served in leadership roles across many organizations in the Twin Cities area including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Edina Education Fund, and a number of youth sports committees. Patti received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in economics from Indiana University. Patti also received her non-profit business certification from the University of Notre Dame and has completed coursework towards a Certified Financial Professional certification through Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of her Foundation duties, Patti enjoys exercising, reading, keeping up with her favorite sports teams (especially the St. Louis Cardinals), and perfecting soup recipes during the long and cold Minnesota winters.