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Introducing Jesse Poppe, Senior Managing Associate at Fox Advancement


Jesse Poppe, Senior Managing Associate

Jesse Poppe, Senior Managing Associate

Fox Advancement is pleased to welcome Jesse Poppe, our newest consultant. Jesse brings a host of development expertise, ranging from event planning to major gift stewardship. His extensive experience at the Minnesota State Fair will benefit our clients, their campaigns, and the communities they serve. Welcome aboard!

A note from Jesse:

I am elated to be joining the Fox Advancement team and work on behalf of their many unique and influential partners. Having the opportunity to help a wide range of organizations advance their missions and working side-by-side with other nonprofit professionals is truly a privilege.

I grew up in Madison, WI and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Journalism and minors in Spanish and Political Science. I spent the majority of my career with the Minnesota State Fair, working initially in the sales department – renting out the fair’s facilities off-season as a source of revenue; managing a winter storage program for cars, RVs and boats; and coordinating private and corporate group events during the 12-day fair.

Later in my career I transitioned to the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, the nonprofit that raises funds for State Fair capital and program improvements. There, I served as the Annual Fund and Communications Coordinator and later as the Development Manager. My responsibilities included annual fund management, event coordination, major gift stewardship, strategic planning, program development, marketing, communications, and public relations. My ability to communicate the missions of the fair and Foundation resulted in sitting down for multiple television and radio interviews, and even offered me the opportunity to fly to South Korea to represent the State Fair at an international agricultural festival.

Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife Lacey in and around our south Minneapolis neighborhood, running races ranging for 3.1 to 26.2 miles, biking, attending the theater, and traveling.

I’m looking forward to helping Fox Advancement serve a wide array of nonprofit partners who work to improve our community. Hopefully we get the chance to connect!

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