Jane Townsend

Vice President, Advancement

Jane is Vice President, Advancement for Milkweed Editions. She has worked in nonprofit fundraising over twenty years. Prior to joining Milkweed, Jane spent thirteen of those years with the University of Minnesota Foundation as a senior development officer, associate director of planned giving, and director of trusts and estates. She also served as managing director of development for Project Success, as inaugural development director for Native Governance Center, and as managing director for V3 Sports. Before joining the University in 2001, she practiced law and worked as a trust officer and an estate planning consultant. Jane holds a BA from Colorado College and a JD from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law). Learn more about Jane in this interview.

Jane is a member, past chair, and current IDEA committee chair of the Minnesota Gift Planning Association and serves on the board of Daily Work, a Saint Paul nonprofit that supports people in finding and keeping work. She has held several volunteer roles in the past, including more than thirteen years on the board of Xelias Aerial Arts, a circus arts school in northeast Minneapolis where two of her kids trained to run away with the circus.