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Mulford Joins Foundation's Board of Trustees

March 26, 2021

Matt Varilek, president of the Initiative Foundation, announced that Joe Mulford, campus president of Pine Technical and Community College, has been appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

“Joe has long been a great friend of the Initiative Foundation,” Varilek said. “We’re excited that this new role will engage him more deeply in our work. His background and passion for the region make him a great fit to help guide the Initiative Foundation.”

Mulford grew up in Parkers Prairie, Minn. He and his wife, Julie, live on a small hobby farm near Mora with their two sons. Mulford has led several projects at Pine Technical and Community College that involved Initiative Foundation funding and other support, including child care programming and workforce retraining program for female welders.

Joe_Mulford.png“So many of our workforce initiatives at Pine Tech align with our priorities at the Foundation,” Varilek said. “Having Joe as a member of our Board is a natural match that will add great value to our work.”

“The Initiative Foundation and Pine Technical and Community College share similar passions and focus on helping promote strong, vibrant communities across the regions we serve,” Mulford said. “Being on the board will allow me to gain additional knowledge on the region’s business and community ecosystems, and this role will provide an opportunity to help expand that system by promoting new ideas and fostering new partnerships.”

Mulford also looks forward to supporting the Initiative Foundation’s work in small business development and building the workforce of the 14-county Initiative Foundation region.

Having a small town upbringing, Mulford said it’s a joy to live and raise a family in Mora.

“The people of Central Minnesota are some of the most practical and kind people anywhere,” he said. “I enjoy the diverse set of towns that comprise our region and how people come together to make things happen.”

Mulford and his family enjoy many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing and Nordic skiing. They also enjoy camping trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Mulford began his three-year term in January and is eligible to serve up to three terms. He joins 14 other regional leaders who help shape, guide and inform the Initiative Foundation in its regional mission to empower people throughout Central Minnesota to build a thriving economy, vibrant communities and a lasting culture of generosity.



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