Theresa A. Pesch, RN
Vice President of Philanthropy & President
Hennepin Healthcare Foundation
Theresa Pesch, RN joined Hennepin Healthcare in October 2018. She is the new vice president of philanthropy and president of the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation. Prior to Hennepin Healthcare Foundation (HHF), Theresa led the Children’s Healthcare Foundation of Children’s Minnesota for 11 years. In that time, she raised one-quarter billion dollars, which included a capital campaign to renovate and build on both campuses, and guided the foundation to become the Minnesota Charity market leader. She has a record of building partnerships, both internally with boards, leadership and hospital staff, and externally with corporations, family foundationsand the broader donor community.
Ms. Pesch has extensive health care leadership experience with clinical areas, marketing and branding, government affairs and public health. Originally trained in nursing, she has 25 years of health care administration experience and frequently presents at national philanthropy conferences. Additionally, she has served in leadership roles for numerous boards and currently serves on the Women's Health Leadership TRUST. She is a member of Women Business Leaders in Health Care and Women Presidents’ Organization, Inc., and served as a faculty member of Kaiser's Philanthropy Innovations Institute and the AHP Madison Institute. Ms. Pesch received the 2012 Business Woman of the Year award from Business Journal and she currently serves as a board chair for Synerfuse, a medtech start-up.