Executive Director, MiningMinnesota
Who We Are: Frank Ongaro, Executive Director
Frank Ongaro was named executive director of MiningMinnesota in November 2006. In this position, Ongaro serves as chief spokesperson for the MiningMinnesota initiative, which supports sustainable and environmentally responsible critical and strategic metals mining development in Minnesota. MiningMinnesota works with local citizens, businesses and other organizations to bring growth and job creation to the state through responsible development of natural resources.
Prior to his MiningMinnesota appointment, Ongaro served as president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) from 2001 to 2006. He has also served as executive director of the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools, director of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of St. Paul, assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry, and assistant director of legislative relations for Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich.
Ongaroís recent professional affiliations include service on the Natural Resources Research Institute Advisory Board, a Governorís appointment to the Minnesota Minerals Coordinating Committee, the Minnesota Government Relations Council Board of Directors, the Department of Healthís Commissionerís Advisory Committee on Respiratory Diseases, the Laurentian Vision Partnership, and the Governor Rudy Perpich Memorial Committee.
Ongaro holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.