R.T. Rybak

Minneapolis Foundation

The consistent thread in R.T. Rybak’s life—as a journalist, businessman and mayor of Minneapolis for 12 years—has been his desire to make the city a better place to live for everyone. After leaving the mayoralty, he spent three years as executive director of Generation Next, a public-private partnership dedicated to closing the education gap for children of color. In July, Rybak expanded on that mission by taking over as president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation, which distributed more than $80 million in grants last year. The foundation is focusing current efforts on healing the racial, social and economic divisions in the community, a job for which Rybak is well-qualified, because he’s been doing it most of his professional life.