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Marie Smith, BA

Marie started working at the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) in February 2021. She grew up in Florida but has lived in Minneapolis since she graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Russian. Her first job after college was as the Aquatics Director at the Boys and Girls Club in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis where she taught swimming lessons to school-age children and coached the swim team.  While raising money for the swim team Marie discovered her aptitude for grant writing and finances.

Since then, Marie has worked as a government grant writer, nonprofit financial coordinator, and corporate cost accountant giving her over 14 years of accounting experience.  Marie has also continued to teach swim lessons part-time. Marie chose to work at AICAF to honor her mother who recently died from ovarian cancer.  As Finance Manager at AICAF, Marie works closely with all staff to ensure that financial records comply with generally accepted accounting principles, practices, and systems. In her spare time, Marie enjoys swimming, catching Pokemon, and spending time with her family and friends.