Our Team

Kari Niedfeldt-ThomasManaging Director

Kari serves as Managing Director, Corporate Strategy & Impact, of Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), a CEO-led coalition that helps companies transform their social strategy and achieve success by engaging key stakeholders. Kari is responsible for expanding and strengthening CECP’s engagement with its coalition companies and partner organizations, and for the organization’s thought leadership, company advisory services, and growth strategies. CECP creates value through strategic and trusted advisory and best practices across a range of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues; expertly curated knowledge and convenings including CECP’s annual Summit and bimonthly Roundtables; actionable research and data insights by advancing how companies measure, benchmark, and lead with their data and investments; and CECP’s Global Exchange, an international network uniting country-based, mission-driven corporate societal engagement organizations to advance the corporate sector as a force for good around the world.

Kari concurrently serves as mayor of the City of New Brighton, MN, a Twin Cities north suburban community of 23,000 residents. 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 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 has served on several nonprofit and for-profit boards, including: judge for MN Cup business plan competition in the Impact Ventures division and Grand Finals; Business Advisory Group for the Office for Technology Commercialization, Venture Center, University of Minnesota; 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 Catholic Financial Life and its subsidiary Degree of Honor Protective Association; Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture; HELPS International; and Social Enterprise Alliance—Twin Cities.

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