Sean Malone

Sean Malone


George Family Foundation




After 20-plus years of leading nonprofit organizations, Sean Malone moved from Raleigh, North Carolina, to the Twin Cities to head the George Family Foundation, based in Minneapolis. Malone says foundation co-founder Bill George, former Medtronic CEO, brought his succession expertise to the transition. “[Outgoing president] Gayle Ober and I have a four-month period where we’re both at the foundation, which is providing a wonderful opportunity for me to listen and learn,” Malone says. Founded in 1994 by Bill and Penny George, the foundation supports principled leadership, integrative health and healing, and community initiatives. “These are not separate directions,” Malone says. “They are inextricably related.”