A retired investment executive, Michael Palmer has become an indispensable member of the Minnesota Public Radio board. For the past 18 months, he’s served as chair of the MPR board finance committee and treasurer of MPR’s parent company, American Public Media Group. Palmer is a strong advocate for change in how the media organization manages its $310 million investment portfolio, which has already resulted in significant improvements in returns and reduced risk. Committed to MPR’s recruitment goals, he often meets personally with prospective board candidates to help determine if they are a good fit for upholding organizational mission and values. Palmer leverages his professional background to lead financial discussions, mentoring MPR’s CFO on complex financial matters. Palmer serves other boards including Glen Nelson Center, Visura, and Opportunity International.