Current Staff

Donna Dalton

Executive Director
Email Donna
(763) 287-5388

Donna launched her nonprofit career as a development professional, sitting across the table from foundations like the one she now serves.  Prior to joining Mortenson Family Foundation, she worked with The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation in helping individuals, families and corporations with their charitable giving.  This experience provided the lens for approaching her current work with both respect and in collaboration with those who are deeply committed to serving the community.

Donna holds a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University and a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Minnesota.

Ambar Hanson

Community Relationship Officer
Email Ambar
(763) 287-5770

Ambar moved to Minnesota from the Dominican Republic in 1997. Since moving to the U.S., Ambar has been dedicated to promoting and advocating for immigrant communities, communities of color and other historically underserved communities to have greater access to quality education, jobs that provide livable wages, health, housing, and safety. Ambar is passionate about working with and for communities to promote social change through strength-based community engagement efforts. She supports the Mortenson Family Foundation in the area of Expanding Opportunities for Children and Families.

Ambar holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Danyelle O'Hara

Community Relationship Officer
Email Danyelle
(612) 260-2067

Danyelle has worked throughout her career with a range of U.S. and international organizations to help build capacity in issues related to community economic development, natural resources management, and community change.  At its core, her interest is in helping communities and community-based organizations develop visions for their aspirations and practical plans for achieving them in the most inclusive ways possible. Danyelle carries this focus with her in supporting the Mortenson Family Foundation’s Strengthening Developing Communities program area.

Danyelle holds a master’s degree in international development education and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, both from Stanford University.

Address: Note that our office moved on July 15, 2020

Mortenson Family Foundation
700 Meadow Lane North, Suite 615
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55422