The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation (MAPF) will soon be led under one executive director, Jeff Bauer.
Bauer’s career spans government, business, politics, education, nonprofit leadership, development, and civic engagement. He has worked both on statewide campaigns and in state government, served as the executive director of an urban agriculture and microenterprise organization, founded two private international foundations, created and managed numerous community partnerships, and done years of community work with children and families. While serving as the Vice President of Public Affairs at The Family Partnership in Minneapolis, he led a successful effort to pass a Safe Harbor law in Minnesota and to obtain some of the most significant state investments in the country for shelter, services, and training to protect children from trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
Bauer has been recognized with a Minnesota Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans Award, the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice Paul Chapman Award, the Children’s Law Center’s Rosalie E. Wahl Justice for Children Award, the Link’s Community Leadership Award and, most recently, the Beringer Guiding Light Award from Woodland Hills in Duluth.
A summa cum laude graduate in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 1997, Bauer holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he received the Arthur Naftalin Award for Public Service.
Bauer will assume the role of executive director effective January 31, with the departure of two long-time MNAAP staffers. Kathi Cairns, who served as MAPF executive director for the past 3 years, and both MAPF and MNAAP executive director for 11 years before that, is retiring. Melissa DeBilzan, who was the chapter’s executive director from 2019-2021, is stepping back to spend more time with her family. DeBilzan served as chapter communications director from 2009-2019.
With more than 1,000 members, the MNAAP is committed to improving the health and well-being of all children and adolescents in Minnesota. The organization was recognized nationally as the “Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year” three times by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) since 2008. For more information, visit www.mnaap.org