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Jocelyn Hale

Jocelyn Hale has worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector for 30 years, including as executive director of The Loft Literary Center from 2007-2015, acting director of Open Book, and manager of Minnesota giving for the Best Buy Children’s Foundation. Her specialties include leadership, planning, and change management; board governance; media strategy; collaborative space strategies; and philanthropy. Her leadership style is deeply embedded with the values of inclusivity and humanistic-centered management. Hale’s strategy work has been featured in several case studies and text books, including John Bryson’s “Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 4th edition,” Jossey-Bass, 2015. Hale has led strategy panels at conferences and often guest lectures at universities.

During her tenure, the Loft won the American Psychological Association’s national “Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award,” and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s “Anti-racism Initiative Award.”  Hale regularly serves on panels speaks on issues of nonprofit governance.

Hale is serving as interim executive director and guiding the search for a permanent leader of the men’s vocal ensemble, Cantus from June – December, 2016.

Hale has a BA from Brown University and a masters in public affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In addition, she was invited to participate in National Arts Strategies 18-month cohort for Cultural Sector CEOs. Hale has served on the executive committees of non-profit boards focused on education, women’s leadership, public health, the environment, and the arts.

She is a life-long resident of Minnesota