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Traci Rutzick

Business Relationship Officer

Inspiration: “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” – Amanda Gorman

What working in this community means to me: “Working in community presents me with the opportunity to talk with and learn from many individuals as well as organizations. To better understand their experiences, which may be very different from my own. From there, my hope is to be part of a collective effort to open doors for all to achieve their full potential.”

Traci joined Greater Twin Cities United Way in January 2022. As a business relationship officer, she develops year-round engagement with United Way’s corporate partners and foundations. She provides community information and resources that resonate with their areas of focus, volunteer opportunities to engage employees, as well as opportunities to provide funding to address immediate needs within the community as well as innovative initiatives to support long-term change.

Prior to joining United Way, Traci was part of the corporate affairs team at Cargill where she led the United Way workplace campaign across the U.S. and Canada for eight years as well as managed the employee engagement programs. She completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Minnesota as well as a Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of St. Thomas.

Traci is an interview and resume coach with UpTurnships, where she has the wonderful opportunity to partner with college students as they prepare for internships and their roles following college. She is also a member of the Park Nicollet Foundation Board.

Outside of the office, Traci enjoys walking around the lakes, cooking, taking on new creative projects and spending time with family and friends.