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Billi Jo Zielinski


President and CEO

Recent Experience:  Chief Operating Officer for Minnesota Community Measurement, Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Legislative Assistant for Congressman Jim Ramstad

Education:  B.A. in political science from Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Six Sigma Green Belt from University of St. Thomas

Hobbies:  fun with family, traveling, lake time, writing, yoga

Two best things about working at Make-A-Wish:  #1, the mission.  I get to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy!  #2, the mission.  Best job ever!  It galvanizes our team and makes the world a better place, which is one of my goals in life.

Other tidbits:  I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and currently am a director on the National Peace Corps Association Board, am a member of the steering committee for the Tri-College NEW Leadership Institute, serve on the Moorhead Park Advisory Board, and am proud to be a breast cancer survivor.  My family includes Marc, my partner in life, and our two young, amazing children.

Your wish:  I wish to live into old age – still advancing the mission, granting wishes to children in some way, shape or form.

Make-A-Wish® North Dakota
4143 26th Avenue South
Suite 104
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 280-9474
Toll Free North Dakota Only (800) 362-9474