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beth sCHOEPPLER
Managing Director
THE LOFT LITERARY CENTER
MINNEAPOLIS

As an intergenerational, multicultural literary arts center, the Loft Literary Center advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature. Through mentorships, awards and spaces to write, the Loft provides writers with tools that fuel their creative lives. Through creative writing and literature classes for people of all ages and levels, the Loft serves as community school for the arts. As a gathering place for readers and writers, the Loft features new voices and author discussions that put literature at the center of civic life and contemporary ideas.

In her current role as Managing Director at the Loft Literary Center, Schoeppler is responsible for financial management, human resource/benefits administration, operational leadership, and strategic program support and expansion planning, financial modeling, and technology.  Beth also served as the Loft’s Director of Development and Communications.  Prior to coming to the Loft, Beth worked as an independent consultant with a number of large nonprofit entities, and also worked for a number of higher education and arts and cultural institutions including Achieve Minneapolis, Twin Cities Public Television, The Playwright’s Center, University Public Radio KUOM, Berkley Repertory Theatre, and the Cricket Theatre.  Beth holds a BA in Theatre and Inter-disciplinary Fine Arts from Saint Olaf College and was a Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow.

According to Beth, “As a generalist whose entire 30+ years of work have been spent in nonprofits, I bring a holistic view of the way nonprofits function, a passion for the important work we do, a commitment to keeping the sector vital, and an eagerness to support healthy and needed evolution.

My roles in nonprofits have spanned communications, marketing, development/fund raising, program development, finance, human resources, program management, evaluation and all aspects of operations. I have worked with tiny organizations and large entities, and many organizations in between. Most of my career has been in staff positions, but I spent eight years as a freelancer and consultant. I've also been a board member, a funder, a foundation board member, and, of course, a constituent.

I believe the breadth of my experiences give me the ability to see how issues affect different nonprofit sub sectors, sizes of organizations, aspects of operations, and stakeholders. I have the experience that also means I understand we are in a constantly changing world. Curiosity and the ability to deeply listen are as critical to providing leadership as knowledge or experience.

Finally, I share with MCN a deep commitment to equity and want to work with the organization and nonprofits it serves to attend to equity in all we do.”

For more information about the Loft Literary Center, visit:  https://www.loft.org/