Molly Brandt was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, with a degree in music business. While in Des Moines, Molly developed a love for nonprofit arts engagement, taking the lead on a grassroots advocacy campaign, assisting in research efforts to define and improve the local creative economy, and finding a love for fundraising through her efforts with several nonprofit organizations. She moved to Minneapolis in March of 2019 and quickly found a love for this state. Along with her work at the ACDA, Molly teaches piano lessons and performs in a jazz band around town. Molly hopes to continue in nonprofit fundraising endeavors, working to find creative solutions to current and future challenges, recognizing development as one of the most crucial elements for a non-profit to thrive.