Fargo, ND – Emerging Prairie, an organization dedicated to energizing the startup, innovation, and technology communities, proudly announces the appointment of Heidi Heitkamp and Mary Snapp to its Board of Directors. 

Heidi Heitkamp, a former U.S. Senator from North Dakota, brings with her a wealth of experience in public service. As the first female senator elected from North Dakota, Heitkamp served from 2013 to 2019. Throughout her tenure, she demonstrated a proven ability to work across the aisle to champion initiatives that directly impacted the lives of North Dakotans. Heitkamp’s commitment to addressing the needs of rural America and her advocacy for North Dakota make her a valuable addition to the Emerging Prairie board. Heitkamp currently serves as Director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, Founder and Chair of the One Country Project, and serves on numerous boards including The McCain Institute and The Howard Buffett Foundation. 

Joining Heitkamp is Mary Snapp, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Microsoft. With over three decades of experience at one of the world’s leading technology companies, Snapp brings a unique perspective on leveraging technology for social impact. During her tenure at Microsoft, she has led various initiatives aimed at driving positive change in communities worldwide. She formerly led Microsoft’s Global Philanthropies and, before that, served as Deputy General Counsel leading legal support for Microsoft’s engineering organizations. She is an active board leader and community volunteer for nonprofit organizations around the country, including the National 4-H Council, The Farm Foundation, and the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board. Snapp’s dedication to philanthropy and her extensive experience in technology make her an invaluable asset to Emerging Prairie’s board. 

“We are delighted to welcome Heid Heitkamp and Mary Snapp to the Board of Directors at Emerging Prairie,” said Byron Snider, Emerging Prairie Board Chair. “Their wealth of experience and leadership will be instrumental in guiding the organization as Emerging Prairie continues to support the startup, innovation, and technology communities.” 

The appointments of Heidi Heitkamp and Mary Snapp further strengthen Emerging Prairie’s commitment to energize communities, and the organization looks forward to continued positive impact in the years to come.

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Madi Simpson

Madi is a lifelong creative and lover of the Fargo-Moorhead area. She's gained real-life experience in the worlds of entrepreneurship and marketing by starting her own sustainable upcycled clothing business in 2018. In her free time, Madi can be found hanging out with her mini poodle Georgie, baking delicious pastries, tending to her jungle of houseplants, or enjoying an iced vanilla latte from one of the downtown cafes.