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Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas

The Mosaic Company Foundation
Executive Director

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas leads the strategy for integrating corporate social responsibility with a diverse portfolio of partnerships, including community investment, sustainable agriculture, global food security and nutrient stewardship. At Mosaic, Kari works with both internal and external stakeholder teams across multiple geographies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She manages the award-winning Mosaic Villages Project, a cross-climactic, cross-geographic program with implementing partners that helps smallholder farmers pull their families from poverty by learning best agronomic practices and increasing yields three to five times over traditional farming methods. Kari also focuses on various initiatives in watershed restoration and habitat conservation. She is responsible for developing innovative partnerships to address the global demand to feed more people on the same arable land through sustainable agriculture and nutrient stewardship practices.

Kari has provided executive leadership to international, national, state, and local organizations and companies, spanning agriculture, sustainability, environment, health, energy, financial services, clean tech, education, and social services. Kari also has served as president of two nonprofit organizations and led several public-private partnerships. She was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship from the Archibald Bush Foundation, a finalist for CFO of the Year-Nonprofit with Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal, named one of The (Real) Power 50 of 2013 by Minnesota Business Magazine, and named one of the 2013 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.

Kari holds a Bachelor’s degree in statistics and international studies from The American University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota, where she also has served as adjunct faculty. Kari serves on many nonprofit boards, including Finnegan’s Community Fund, University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management Carlson Ventures Enterprise and HELPS International.