November 6, 2017

Passionate and entrepreneurial leader brings wide-ranging philanthropic experience to the Trust

Nielsen brings more than 20 years of experience as an executive development officer for high-profile organizations in Minneapolis, including public universities, private colleges, art museums, and cultural venues. He most recently completed eight years at the University of Minnesota, where he directed regional development in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada for the University of Minnesota Foundation. He also completed a $14 million capital campaign for the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum and managed the annual fund at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Prior to his work with the University of Minnesota, Nielsen served at three other Twin Cities organizations: the Minnesota Zoo, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and St. Olaf College’s School Nature Area Project. Nielsen holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College and a Masters of Liberal Arts from the University of Minnesota.

“Matt will be an enormous asset as we explore the possibilities of our new home at 900 Hennepin and our upcoming capital campaign,” says Mark Nerenhausen, President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “He joins the Trust with an impressive record of success in the Twin Cities nonprofit community.”

Nielsen stated, “I’m excited to join the Trust at such a pivotal moment for the organization. I look forward to furthering our mission and connecting supporters with arts and culture in downtown Minneapolis.”

Nielsen joins the Trust as the organization continues to realize opportunities for revitalizing downtown through its new home at 900 Hennepin. The Trust’s activities include presenting world-class entertainment at its three historic theatres, inspiring high school students across the state of Minnesota with its Spotlight Education program, and creating unexpected art experiences in downtown Minneapolis with projects like the iconic Bob Dylan mural, 5 to 10 on Hennepin and Made Here, which puts art in vacant storefront windows.

Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations in WeDo™, the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District. We serve the community through our three theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – and our unique arts, culture and education programs. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.