In May 2015, Mr. Fan was named as the new executive director for MN Comeback, a funder collaborative that has a goal of ensuring all children in Minneapolis are enrolled by 2025 in rigorous and relevant schools that prepare them to thrive in college, career, and community. Previously, Mr. Fan was the founding executive director for Charter School Partners and led the nonprofit for six years in its work to support the startup, growth and expansion of high quality schools. In 2013, Mr. Fan was named by the Walton Family Foundation as one of the national “Ed Reformers to Watch.”
Prior to this, he worked for 16 years at General Mills, a global food manufacturer based in Minneapolis, in various marketing and sales positions in the areas of brand management, category management, consumer research and strategic planning. Prior to General Mills, Mr. Fan was at Accenture, a global strategic consulting firm, and worked with numerous organizations in the areas of technology, systems development and strategic planning.
Mr. Fan currently serves on the board of trustees for The Minneapolis Foundation and on the leadership council for Generation Next. He has also served on the boards of the Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis, Social Venture Partners/MN, Hiawatha Leadership Academy and was the founding board chair for KIPP MN. Mr. Fan has been a volunteer for Best Prep, Junior Achievement, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Mr. Fan has an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley and a masters of business administration degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been married for 30 years and is the proud father of three adult daughters who have officially left the nest.