YouthCARE’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Kevin Winge as the organization’s Interim Executive Director. Winge is the former executive director with Open Arms of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and most recently was the executive director at Project Open Hand in San Francisco, CA. Winge begins immediately and will guide YouthCARE for the next six months and assist in selecting a permanent executive director.
“Kevin’s energy and enthusiasm, along with his track record of building nonprofits, impressed our search committee and board members,” said Lisa Fulton, YouthCARE’s Board Chair. “He is passionate about YouthCARE’s mission and working to address racial equity issues in our community.”
Winge, 58, served as Open Arms of Minnesota executive director twice, from 1997-2002 and again from 2004-2011. During his tenure, the organization was transformed from a grassroots operation into a vibrant nonprofit. Winge expanded the vision and grew its operations from one paid employee to a 30-person staff with more than 1,200 volunteers. He also led an $8.1 million capital campaign that brought together donors, government agencies, neighborhood groups and developers to construct a large building with a commercial kitchen.
While with Project Open Hand in San Francisco (2012-15), Winge spearheaded a strategic planning process to create a framework for program and operational growth. Project Open Hand improved its program efficiencies and the nutritional quality of meals, while also shifting the focus from illness to wellness and from hunger to nutrition.
"The work that YouthCARE does to develop the education, employment, and leadership skills of young people is incredibly important, now more than ever,” said Winge. “I am excited to join in the staff and board’s efforts to make our community more equitable.”
Winge is actively involved and engaged with the nonprofit community in the Twin Cities as a board member with Theater Latté Da and as secretary on the Acacia Global International Nonprofit Board of Directors. Winge was awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship to obtain a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School and conducted field work in South Africa. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Harvard Club of Minnesota Board of Directors for the Kennedy School Alumni.
Winge succeeds Willie Dean, Ph.D., who retired from YouthCARE on Dec. 31, 2017, in order to spend more time with his family, especially his ailing father.