Team Tunheim Bio

Kathy TunheimPresident and CEO, Tunheim Partners

Kathy Tunheim

Principal + CEO

Metaphorically speaking, Kathy is comfortable behind the wheel. After all, as principal and CEO of Tunheim, she drives the strategic planning for clients and is actively involved in client service and counseling. Turns out this comfort with driving even applies when literally behind the wheel of high-powered car – a place she found herself when she went to race driving school so she could work with the Target/Chip Ganassi Racing organization.

Luckily, she came away from the experience unscathed and under her leadership, Tunheim has grown to be one of Minnesota’s largest communications agencies. Kathy also serves as Global President of IPREX, a worldwide network of leading independent public relations firms.

In 1990, Kathy left her position as vice president of corporate communications and internal communications at Honeywell to found Tunheim Santrizos Company. Prior to Honeywell, she served as assistant press secretary to Wendell Anderson during his terms as governor of Minnesota and his term as U.S. Senator from Minnesota. Kathy is on the boards of a wide variety of civic organizations and is active in many professional organizations.

In 2011, Kathy has returned to public service in the form of a part-time appointment as a Senior Advisor to Minnesota’s Governor, focused on economic and job growth. Upon acceptance of this appointment, she ended a long career of significant non-profit board governance. Her board service comprised engagements as varied as the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the University of Minnesota Foundation, Meet Minneapolis, and the Bush Foundation.

In addition to racing school, Kathy attended the University of Minnesota, where she studied political science. Part of her education was financed by her work as a musician; she regularly appeared in coffeehouses and clubs throughout the Midwest while in college and continues to enjoy music of every variety.

Fun Fact

Kathy hopes to one day make her home in Sienna, Italy.

Client Highlights

All of our clients have benefited from Kathy's experience and expertise.

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