Matea Wasend

Communications & Development Manager

phone: 612.252.8367

Matea has been working at The Fort on and off in different capacities since 2013. She brings a background in communications and a passion for writing to her position managing The Fort's messaging to patrons, donors and institutional funders. 

A Colorado native, Matea migrated to Minnesota to attend Macalester College. Since graduating in 2012 she's held a variety of communications-related jobs in the Twin Cities, including doing marketing for a start-up board game company, managing social media for the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and directing development for a foundation fighting cancer in Tanzania. She also coaches soccer with St. Paul Blackhawks. 

Matea doesn't play tennis, but she's a passionate runner and soccer player, and spends a lot of time outside with her silly Australian Cattle Dog named Grizzly. 

Favorite food: Apples 

Favorite movie: Back to the Future

People would be surprised that I: Enjoy weightlifting

Items on my bucket list: Travel more, publish a novel, thru-hike the Colorado Trail 

Best advice ever received: Perfect is the enemy of good 

Astrological sign: Sagittarius

When I’m not at The Fort, I enjoy: Running and walking with my dog, playing soccer, listening to audiobooks