John Wilgers President & CEO

What working in this community means to me: I believe everyone has a responsibility to serve others, and United Way is a great place for me to fulfill that responsibility in a community that I’ve grown to love.”

John joined Greater Twin Cities United Way as president and CEO in May 2019.

John comes to United Way after 35 years at Ernst & Young where he most recently held the position of managing partner of the Minneapolis office, successfully leading teams through recessions, turnarounds and major wins and losses. A passionate community advocate for more than 10 years, John has served in several United Way roles, including board chair, member of the executive committee of the board, volunteer, fundraiser and donor. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Kansas.

A native of Kansas, John has lived in the Twin Cities region for the past 14 years. He has three grown children and lives in Minnetonka with his wife, Trudy.


Check out John’s new series called “Innovating for Impact,” where he invites readers to engage in learning and conversation around new ways to address our community’s most pressing needs while developing long-term, holistic solutions.

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