Barbara Carlson Gage
Barbara Carlson Gage is a prominent civic leader, philanthropist and businesswoman.
For 21 years, Mrs. Gage served as president and chair of the Carlson Family Foundation, the Carlson family’s philanthropic organization, which focuses on education, children and youth at-risk, and youth mentoring. In 2017, she was presented with the Excellence in Mentoring Award by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.
She is a co-founder of the World Childhood Foundation, established by Her Majesty, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and has served on the Swedish Board of World Childhood Foundation.
As a co-owner of Carlson, a global leader in the travel industry, Barbara previously served on the board of directors. She sits on the board of governors of Carlson Holdings, where she also served as co-CEO.
Barbara is also co-owner of Gage Marketing Group, a marketing agency founded by her husband, Edwin “Skip” Gage.
A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Barbara graduated with a teaching degree and taught English for the Robbinsdale (Minnesota) School District.
Barbara served on the College Board of Regents at Augsburg College for 12 years, where she was also board chair for 4 years. Barbara has served in numerous volunteer positions with non-profit and civic organizations, including as a member of the PACER Center Advisory Board. She serves on the Generation Next Leadership Council and is a member of the President’s Advisors for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.