Eric Jolly is the president and CEO of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Eric worked for a decade as president of the Science Museum of Minnesota and prior, as vice president and senior scientist at the Education Development Center in Massachusetts. He has also worked in successive academic roles at several colleges and universities, including professor, dean, assistant chancellor, and director for Affirmative Action and Diversity. Eric holds a doctorate in psychology and a master’s degree in psychometrics from the University of Oklahoma.
Eric’s involvement in nonprofits and nonprofit governance is truly extensive. He is a life member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, a life fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and former director for the board of the National Museum of the American Indian. Currently, he serves on several local and national boards, including Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Greater MSP. Eric is a member of numerous honor societies, including Sigma Xi, Phi Eta Sigma, Mortarboard, and Golden Key. He has supported organizations including the Smithsonian Museum and the United Hospital Association.