Joe McDonald was recently named the Chief Executive Officer of VEAP. Joe comes to VEAP with a 19-year history in non-profit leadership and development, as the Executive Director of Upper Room in Edina, MN. Joe is recognized for his ability to forge partnerships and collaborations to address needs in the community and find innovative solutions to break down barriers and build relationships. His spirit of service and leadership accurately reflect the mission and vision of VEAP – to give all members of the community the ability to pursue their dreams.
Joe holds a degree in Math and Economics from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He spent several years in investment, research and accounting work in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis. Moving into the non-profit sector, he spent time in program development, internal and volunteer training and engagement, before becoming the founding Director, Head of Operations and eventually Executive Director and Lead Pastor of Upper Room.
“Joe brings decades of cross-functional leadership and culture creation to VEAP. His strength in building internal teams and external partnerships comes at a great time to lead VEAP, guided by the vibrant Strategic Plan that’s in place. Joe is eager to develop skills and strengths among the staff and volunteers, and to keep VEAP in a place of fiscal responsibility and program support,” said John Mitchell, VEAP Board President and member of the search committee.
As basic needs for food, affordable housing and supportive services and resources continue to grow in our service area, Joe looks forward to guiding VEAP as an innovative leader into the years ahead.