ST. PAUL, Minn. – The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (NPLSF), the official fundraising partner of the National Park Service for all five US national park sites on Lake Superior, announced the appointment of Andrew J. McIlree of Minneapolis, Minn. to its board of directors. McIlree will serve a three-year term on the eleven-member board.
“We are excited to have Andrew join our Board,” said Fawn Bernhardt-Norvell, NPLSF board chair. “He is an accomplished fundraising executive with a deep connection to Lake Superior's national parks, and he brings a love of community leadership to our mission. His insight and perspective will prove extremely valuable as NPLSF continues to grow and expand our support of these public lands.”
Currently, McIlree is Chief Development Officer for the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, where he leads the school's Development and Alumni Relations department, as well as the development program for the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. He has spent his career in fundraising and nonprofit administration, with roles at Allina Health, Children's Minnesota, Macalester College and the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness. He is a former member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He earned a master's degree in organizational leadership and ethics at St. Catherine University and a bachelor's degree in history from St. Norbert College.
A native of northeastern Wisconsin, McIlree was raised on his mother's stories about hiking Isle Royale National Park. His paternal ancestors, too, lived near what became the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the early 1900s. “I got to Isle Royale for the first time when I was seventeen, and that experience was a revelation. I was hooked. The boreal backcountry of these National Park units along Lake Superior is my spiritual home. Now, as a dad, I am committed to ensuring the future of these parks. We need to work together on a shared vision of protecting the parks' natural resources and diverse cultural heritage. The NPLSF is the best organization for promoting that vision.”
To learn more about NPLSF's board members, mission, programs, and initiatives visit nplsf.org.
About the NPLSF
The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (NPLSF) exists to provide financial support for projects and programs that preserve the five Lake Superior national parks' natural resources and cultural heritage. Funded through grants and private donations, NPLSF projects and programs ensure that these great parks and historic sites are maintained for the enjoyment of visitors today and generations of visitors to come.