A board member since 2019, Lee Thoresen became president of the Simpson Housing board in 2022. The Minneapolis nonprofit works to combat homelessness across the Twin Cities, serving 2,000 people annually through its shelter and housing programs. As a senior leader at RBC Wealth Management, Thoresen helped facilitate RBC’s donation of $70,000 worth of gently used office furniture and equipment for Simpson’s new office in 2022. She has also been instrumental in organizing fundraising events for Simpson, two of which brought in $250,000 in revenue over the past year. Now Thoresen is focused on the final phase of a $45 million fundraising campaign and creating a new strategic plan that will lift people who are experiencing homelessness and remove “white saviorism” as the driver of fundraising efforts.