PODCAST: S4:EP30–Josh Ortiz and Kristin Rortvedt, Minnesota Twins

Join us for S4:EP30 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Josh Ortiz, Senior Manager of Community Relations and Youth Engagement, and Kristin Rortvedt, Director of Community Relations at the Minnesota Twins sits down with our host Roy Kessel to discuss the great work being accomplished in the community

Josh Ortiz is an experienced project manager, community advocate, and program facilitator.

As the Director of Community Relations for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, Kristin Rortvedt is committed to improving the lives of others through philanthropy, volunteerism, and collaboration. During Kristin’s tenure, the Twins launched a new strategy that strives to advance social equity by investing in the full potential of our children, specifically focused on eliminating racial and socioeconomic opportunity gaps prevalent in K-12 education and overall youth development.

Prior to this role, she served in multiple roles with Ronald McDonald House Charities including a leadership development consultant for the global nonprofit organization and as the Executive Director for the New Mexico Chapter. Kristin has also worked in community relations for a multi-state utility company, leading employee volunteerism efforts as well as administering Foundation grants.

Originally from northern Minnesota, she is passionate about serving the community that she now calls home. Active in many organizations, she is currently a board member for Girls on the Run Twin Cities, is a member of Women in Sports and Entertainment, and is a committee member with the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She enjoys traveling and is still trying to perfect her New Mexican chile-making skills now that she’s back in the Midwest


The Minnesota Twins believe in promoting positivity, unity, and uplifting our community 365 days of the year.

Josh Ortiz and Kristin Rortvedt join our host Roy Kessel on S4:EP30 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:03 Kristin’s Developed Passion for Sports
  • 04:42 Josh’s Passion for Sports
  • 10:47 Kristin’s Development with the Twins
  • 17:17 New Initiatives Created
  • 21:07 Implementing Social Equity
  • 31:03 Highlighting a Nonprofit
  • 32:00 Covid Restrictions
  • 34:07 Direction After Covid
  • 43:10 Most Exciting thing on the Horizon
  • 46:12 More Info on Twins Community Work
  • 48:41 Commissioner of a Sport
  • 50:45 Closing Remarks


Robert Wilson

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