Our Team

Kari Niedfeldt-ThomasManaging Director

Kari currently serves as CECP’s Managing Director. She is responsible for the organization’s thought leadership, advisory services, and recruitment. Kari heads the Corporate Leadership team which expands and strengthens CECP’s relationships with its companies and partner organizations, and creates value through high-quality, fast-track advisory support, expertly curated knowledge services including CECP’s annual Summit and Roundtables, and data insights by advancing how companies collect, compare, evaluate, and share their data.

Prior to joining CECP, Kari led a consulting practice, which included working with FINNEGANS and its affiliated entities. FINNEGANS is the first beer company in the world to donate 100 percent of its profits to charity and is modeled after Newman’s Own social enterprise business.

Kari served as Executive Director, The Mosaic Company Foundation, and directed the company’s Public Affairs global corporate social responsibility and agricultural sustainability strategies. During her tenure, Mosaic achieved ranking as one of 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine for six consecutive years and was recognized with the CECP President’s Excellence Award for the company’s agricultural development partnerships in three countries.

Kari holds a Bachelor’s degree in statistics and international studies from The American University in Washington, DC and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota, where she also has served as adjunct faculty. Kari serves as a judge for MN Cup business plan competition in the Impact Ventures division and Grand Finals, and she serves on the Business Advisory Group for the Office for Technology Commercialization, Venture Center, University of Minnesota. Kari also has served on several nonprofit and for-profit boards, including: start-up social business incubator and accelerator FINNovation Lab, LLC; FINNEGANS Community Fund; Corporate Responsibility Association; University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management Carlson Ventures Enterprise; fraternal insurance company Degree of Honor Protective Association (now a division of Catholic Financial Life); Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture; HELPS International; and Social Enterprise Alliance—Twin Cities.

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