MPA alum Evers joins Salzburg Seminar on "Child in the City," awarded McKnight Fellowship

Tom Evers, MPA alumnus of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation was awarded a 2017 McKnight Fellowship and participated in the 2017 Salzburg Global Seminar "The Child in the City: Health, Parks and Play," held in Austria.

The McKnight Fellowship is administered by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs International Fellows and Scholars Program (contact Sherry Gray,, for more information) enabling Fellows to attend Seminar sessions free of charge.              

Tom Evers is the executive director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, a nonprofit committed to transforming human life through parks and public space. He has focused his career on strategically guiding organizations dedicated to parks, land conservation, and youth development. Prior to joining the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, he served as the founding executive director of Playworks Minnesota, part of a national non-profit dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children by creating opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Mr. Evers served for more than a decade with the Trust for Public Land, where he supported efforts to fund and create new parks and natural areas throughout the Upper Midwest. Before this, Mr. Evers worked in Vermont as a park ranger and with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. He has a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and is a graduate of St. John’s University.

The Child in the City was the third session of the Parks for the Planet Forum, a platform for transformative leadership and action launched by Salzburg Global Seminar with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It took forward outcomes from the Forum’s inaugural 2015 session on Nature, Health and a New Urban Generation. Participants have taken an imaginative approach, looking through the eyes of young children, to develop new collaborations that can benefit individuals, families and long-term social, economic and environmental resilience.

The mission of Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world.

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1947. Our multi-year programs aim to bridge divides, transform systems and expand collaborations.

Salzburg Global convenes outstanding talent across generations, cultures and sectors to inspire new thinking and action, and to connect local innovators with global resources. We foster lasting networks and partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change.

Over 36,000 Fellows from more than 170 countries have come together through our work, with many rising to senior leadership positions. Our historic home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria – now also an award-winning hotel – allows us to welcome all participants in conditions of trust and openness.
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