Congratulations to the talented and community-minded Minnesotans who have been selected as this year's 2011-2012 Policy Fellows! See below for their names and affiliations and to get a sense of the diversity and capacity of this group.
As a 2006-2007 Fellow, I'm pleased to now be active with the Alumni group, which recently hosted a conversation with Governor Dayton where he announced that he would be taking action to end the Minnesota state shutdown. As we continue to support the Policy Fellow program's growth and mission, we'll also be looking to increase the number of program applicants and participants from the nonprofit sector. If you would count yourself among that crowd, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what is unique about the Policy Fellows program compared to other nonprofit sector training and leadership programs, what the value is of nonprofit voices in the Fellows cohort, and what might be additional promotional or marketing opportunities in the sector. Drop me a line in the comments below or at minnesota[at]gmail.com. Thanks for your insights and ideas!
2011-2012 Policy Fellows
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
The Policy Fellows program offers practical training in public affairs leadership for emerging leaders seeking new experiences and skills. The nine-month leadership and professional development experience equips participants with core leadership competencies to inspire, organize, and work effectively with others to advance the public good.
The 2011-2012 Policy Fellows will be part of a diverse cohort of 35 people representing Minnesota's public, private, and non-profit sectors. Fellows meet once a month as a group between September and early June, and travel to Washington, D.C., for a multi-day study trip with prominent elected officials and national leaders in public affairs. Fellows also engage in a group project of their own design, working with community partners to address a public policy issue. To read more about the program, please go here.
Congratulations to our newly selected Fellows:
Mr. Jamal Adam, Counselor and Instructor, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Mr. David Asp, Associate, Lockridge, Grindal, Nauen, PLLP
Ms. Karly Baraga Werner, Associate, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Mr. Chad Bell, Senior Director, Best Buy Co., Inc.
Lt. Col. Sandy Best, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota National Guard
Ms. Jessica Beyer, Public Information Director, Blue Earth County
Mr. Nathan Burkett, County Administrator, Todd County
Mr. Mike Buttry, Vice President for Corporate Communications, Capella Education Company
Mr. Sunny Chanthanouvong, Executive Director, Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
Ms. Elise Diedrich, Manager, Government Affairs, SUPERVALU Inc.
Ms. Valerie Dosland, Director of Government Affairs, Ewald Consulting
Mr. Jeremy Drucker, Director of Public Affairs, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Ms. Carly Eichhorst, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Augsburg College
Ms. Huda Farah, Executive Director, HEAL Institute
Mr. Cuthbert (Curt) Fernandez, Manager, Environmental Health, City of Minneapolis
Mr. Richard Fischer, Global Communications Manager, Medtronic Foundation and
Ms. Ankur Garg, Program Manager, St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division
Ms. Anika Hagenson, Senior Group Manager, Government Affairs, Target Corporation
Ms. Kate Johansen, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Emy Johnson, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Target Corporation
Ms. Mariah Levison, Program Director, The Conflict Resolution Center
Ms. Danna MacKenzie, Director of Information Systems, Cook County Government
Ms. Sona Mehring, CEO, CaringBridge
Ms. Erika Mork, Fundraising and Development Manager, Three Rivers Park District
Ms. Kathleen Houlihan Motzenbecker, Director of Membership, Minneapolis Downtown
Ms. Sandy'Ci Moua, Strategic Community Organizer, Community Action Against Racism (CAAR)
Mr. Kavon W. Nikrad, Assurant Health, Inc.
Ms. Pham Thi Hoa, Executive Director, CAPI
Ms. Kenna Poppler, Community Relations Manager, U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Mr. Jim Porter, Chief Financial Officer, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
MAJ Kent Porter, Training and Administrative Officer, Minnesota Army National Guard
Mr. Laurence Reszetar, Associate, Litigation Practice Group, Maslon Edelman Borman &
Mr. Christopher Voss, CEO, RightSource Compliance
Mr. David Wilsey, Assistant Extension Professor / Regional Educator, University of
Ms. Katrina Zabinski, Supervising Attorney/Project Manager, MN 4th Judicial District