Sandra Vargas

President and CEO

The Minneapolis Foundation




After beginning her career as a small-business consultant, then becoming Hennepin County administrator, Vargas was appointed president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation in 2007. She has managed more than 1,000 charitable funds composed of individuals, businesses, and families. She oversees more than $600 million in foundation assets and distribution of more than $30 million in grants each year. Vargas' top priorities include expanding business opportunities for women and minorities, as well as developing cross-sector business collaborations.