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The Family Partnership Announces Two Managers Join Advancement Staff

Published on November 5, 2018  |  Written by Karen Smith

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Minneapolis – The Family Partnership announces new development and communication managers completing the external advancement team staff positions.

Brian Kimmes joined the team as Development Manager.  In this role he will be responsible for managing The Family Partnership’s annual fund raising, including the Better Together Luncheon on May 7, 2019 and additional events.

Previously Kimme’s career spans five years at the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA and Lynx WNBA organizations where he was responsible for project and event management. He also spent six years working on fundraising, outreach and communications in the political arena in Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana and Virginia.  A native of Lino Lakes, Minn., Kimmes received a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University.

Karen Smith assume responsibilities as Communications Manager, where she will manage all external and internal communications for the organization.  Smith previously served for more than 19 years at Verizon, in marketing communications, public relations and community relations. Most recently, she served as national corporate communications manager for the largest U.S. wireless provider.  Smith began her career as a trailblazer in the publicity and promotion of women’s athletics and served as assistant athletics director at the University of Minnesota.

Smith holds a master’s degree in physical education with a sports psychology emphasis from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. A native Iowan, she resides in the Twin Cities area.

“Traditional revenue sources like United Way, local and state government, and many private foundations are shrinking,” said Kit Briem, Vice President of Advancement, The Family Partnership.  “We are so fortunate to have such creative, out-of-the-box thinkers joining our team. Greater visibility and financial stability translates to more children and families moving out of poverty and truly prospering.”

About the Family Partnership:  Since 1878, The Family Partnership has been recognized as an innovative and highly impactful nonprofit in the Twin Cities area. Last year, more than 30,000 children and families benefitted from specialized services and programs offered in order to realize their full potential – regardless of income or origin. The Family Partnership is a registered 501c3 in the State of Minnesota. Please visit to learn more.

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