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.

Gregory J. Gauthier, Jr.

Community Relationship Officer
Email Gregory
(763) 287-5956

Gregory is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. His time at the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute encapsulates his passion and great appreciation for environmental and community sustainability. This was shown through projects aiming to identify, address, and build capacity on strengthening communities around climate science, and natural and cultural resources. Gregory’s experience allows him to utilize a “systems thinking” approach to engage communities and encourage environmental stewardship in his area of Sustaining Environmental Systems at Mortenson Family Foundation.

Gregory holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science with an emphasis in ecology from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

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.

Kristina Roberts

Foundation Project Manager
Email Kristina
(612) 260-2156

Kristina has a longstanding passion for making her community a better place to live. Her professional experience exemplifies her passion for working in the nonprofit sector.  Prior to joining Mortenson Family Foundation, Kristina worked in the finance department of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy focusing on general accounting and human resources. Her personal strengths of collecting and organizing information ensures that she delivers a user-friendly experience for community partners seeking grants.

Kristina holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in Spanish from the University of Montana.


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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55422