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Pat Traynor

A North Dakota native, Pat earned degrees in economics and law from the University of North Dakota. He began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Conmy, Feste, Bossart, Hubbard and Corwin in Fargo.  In 1994, he was appointed deputy director/general counsel of the N.D. Workers Compensation Bureau.  Within a year, he became CEO of the Bureau where he spearheaded a major reform eliminating a $240 million unfunded liability and building a $350 million surplus.

Pat became president of Dakota Medical Foundation in 2000. The Foundation has since continuously explored new ways to become more effective and impactful in the use of its resources. More than $82 million has been invested since 1996 in improving health and access to care among people of the region.

In 2005, Pat led the establishment of Impact Foundation to help nonprofit leaders vastly improve their fundraising abilities and capacity to serve through training and coaching. Pat oversaw development of the impactgiveback.org website for online fundraising and volunteering. The website features over 350 area nonprofits and each year hosts Giving Hearts Day. This 24-hour online give-a-thon has raised more than $30 million for charitable causes and uplifted giving among tens of thousands of people since it began in 2008. Giving Hearts Day 2016 raised $8.3 million through more than 37,000 donations – a testament to the generosity of people in the region.

Pat currently serves on the boards of Gate City Bank and the North Dakota Safety Council. In 2014, he received the L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award from the College of Business and Innovation at Minnesota State University Moorhead for creating economic opportunities through innovation, entrepreneurship and community service. Impact Foundation’s strong coaching and training programs, together with Giving Hearts Day, earned a prestigious 2015 Bush Innovation Prize for elevating charity results and building a collaborative network of nonprofits.

Pat and his wife, Jamie, have three sons, as well as two Labs and a Shitzu. They live in Fargo, North Dakota.

Pat may be reached at (701) 356-2653.

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