As vice president of the Foundation, Wade is responsible for organizational assessment and planning as well as coordination of the Foundation’s leadership, policy, grants, communications, and information services activities.
Previously, Wade was a manager for Land O'Lakes, Inc., agricultural cooperative, implementing economic restructuring programs in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and Latin America. He also served as the Legislative Assistant for Agriculture to U.S. Senator Thomas Daschle. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer, graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., the American University Law School in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association. He joined the Blandin Foundation in 2001 as senior program officer for grants.