Meet the leadership team of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis who is responsible for the operative management of the organization.

Michael Goar leads the leadership team

Michael Goar, President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Goar joined Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis as president and chief executive officer in January 2021. In his role, Michael partners with the Catholic Charities board and executive team to develop the organization’s strategy to serve and advocate on behalf of those most in need. He leads a team of 500 staff who assist more than 20,000 people annually, creating needed supports and opportunities for them to thrive.

Throughout his career, Michael has helped to lead foundational organizations that both sustain and serve their clients and the broader community. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, he served as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, as CEO and interim superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, and as executive director of Generation Next, a Twin Cities-based youth development organization. Earlier in his career, Goar held executive positions and COO roles for both Boston Public Schools and Memphis City Schools.

Michael has a deep commitment to racial equity and social justice and is engaged in organizations that support those efforts in our community. Michael serves on the Board of Genesys Works, Black Men Teach, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He also serves on Governor Walz’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

Michael’s commitment to service is partly driven by his personal story. Born in South Korea, he came to the United States when he was adopted by a Minnesota family at age 12, an experience he describes as transformative.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and urban studies from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and his master’s degree in public administration from Mankato State University.

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Dick leads the Finance and Accounting team at Catholic Charities, ensuring that we are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission. Richard.Johnson@cctwincities.org



Leadership team member Margaret King

Margaret King, Senior Director of Single Adult Housing Division

Margaret King joined Catholic Charities in September of 2021. King comes to Catholic Charities with an extensive history of leadership in large, complex organizations in the public and nonprofit sector that address homelessness and housing instability in both Seattle and in the Twin Cities. Most recently she worked for the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness and for the Heading Home Minnesota Funders Collaborative on building responses to unsheltered homelessness, as well as on supporting the state’s COVID-19 response for people experiencing homelessness. Prior to this work, she project managed the development of the service navigation center to replace the largest homeless encampment in the Twin Cities. margaret.king@cctwincities.org

 Leadership team member Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight, General Counsel

Elizabeth leads the Legal and Compliance team at Catholic Charities. Elizabeth is responsible for legal analysis and advice to Catholic Charities on issues that affect its work – including those that impact clients. The General Counsel serves as Catholic Charities’ Chief Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer, and her team is responsible for overseeing the organization’s compliance program. The Legal and Compliance Department also manages all contracts and grants, organizational policies and procedures, general risk management, and Catholic Charities’ insurance portfolio.  elizabeth.knight@cctwincities.org

Leadership team member Keith Kozerski

Keith Kozerski, Chief Program Officer

Keith oversees and supports the vision, administration and culture of our Housing and Emergency Services, Aging and Disability Services, and Children and Families Services programs. Keith is a licensed social worker who joined Catholic Charities in 2007 as Director of St. Joe’s Home for Children, becoming Senior Director of Children and Families in 2012. Prior to his career with Catholic Charities, Keith gained over 16 years of experience in a variety of social service arenas. He has worked in hospitals, residential treatment, public child welfare/child protection and community-based settings. Keith has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Human Services program at Upper Iowa University. Keith currently serves as board member of AspireMN and Connections to Independence.  keith.kozerski@cctwincities.org

Leadership team member Patricia McCardle

Patricia McArdle, Senior Program Director of Aging and Disability Services

Patricia leads seven teams of social workers and administrative assistants who provide care coordination services to older adults and individuals with disabilities in order to ensure they can remain supported in the home of their choice. This includes the unique Homeless Elders team doing intensive care management to work through all barriers in achieving housing for our most vulnerable neighbors. The contracts she oversees are with both Hennepin and Ramsey county and UCare, Medica and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She advocates for equitable resources and services for older adults by being on the Board of the MN Leadership Council on Aging. Patricia.McArdle@cctwincities.org

Leadership team member

Michael McRath, Chief Human Resource Officer

Michael leads the Human Resources team at Catholic Charities. He and his team are responsible for all people matters: Staffing, Learning and Development, Employee Relations, Compensation, and Benefits. He provides oversight of how these services are delivered in strategic and tactical ways. Michael is passionate about equity and social justice and will be a key collaborator to the work of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee. You can contact him at 612-204-8346 or Michael.mcrath@cctwincities.org..

Leadership team member Wendy Underwood

Wendy Underwood, Vice President of Social Justice Advocacy and Engagement

Wendy leads the Social Justice Advocacy and Engagement team, connecting Catholic Charities and the community through public sector action, grassroots advocacy, public/private partnerships and education. Wendy.underwood@cctwincities.org

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