Jean Houghton

President, Ex-Officio

As President, Jean Houghton supervises the strategic advancement, fundraising, and management of the foundation under the direction and guidance of the Board of Directors. During her tenure, the Aim Higher Foundation has nearly tripled the number of students it supports, increased its fundraising and financial support, and streamlined operations. Within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Houghton has been recognized for her leadership on the Roadmap for Excellence for Catholic Education and for her role as a member of the Economic Task Force during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, Houghton spearheaded the fundraising transformation of a local Catholic school, leading a $5.8 million capital campaign and securing lead gifts of more than $18 million for new construction. Houghton has also worked as an award-winning consultant for the McDonald’s Corporation, where she oversaw more than 1,500 employees at 132 restaurants.