Kari Ruth

Director Communications & Strategic Initiatives

Kari Ruth joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2015. In her role, she provides strategic leadership for the Trust’s communications and key communications related to its Cultural District work. Kari brings more than 20 years of experience to the role. Most recently, she served as director of marketing, communications and strategy for GiveMN.

Prior to that, Kari was the interactive media strategist for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, where she played key roles in developing and launching innovative work such as GiveMN and the Minnesota Idea Open. Her experience also spans various communications roles in the banking industry. Kari has worked with a banking trade association, built communications operations in Asia and developed training manuals for community banks in Minnesota. She also served as editor of a community newspaper.

Kari has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction. She currently serves as board chair for Mu Performing Arts and is a board member of Park Square Theatre.