Jay Kiedrowski is a senior fellow in the Leadership and Management Area. He teaches courses on public and nonprofit financial analysis and budgeting, organizational performance and change, strategic human resources management, integrative leadership, and public service redesign. He also does executive training and consults.
Kiedrowski brings more than 40 years of experience from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Recently, he has focused on public sector innovation and directs the state and local government innovation awards.
Before coming to the University in 2004, Kiedrowski was the executive vice president for Wells Fargo and Company (successor to Northwest Corporation). He was responsible for leading institutional trust, institutional brokerage, and trust operations for the merged Northwest / Wells Fargo organization. He also co-leads the MN Senior Leadership Institute.
Kiedrowski served as Minnesota Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Finance from 1983 to 1987 and budget director for the City of Minneapolis from 1978 to 1982. He also served as a researcher and committee administrator with the Minnesota State Senate between 1973 and 1977, specializing in tax and urban policy analysis.
Kiedrowski serves on several boards and participates in other community activities. His board service includes the UCare Health Care Insurance Board, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Carlson School of Management, Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, Guthrie Theater, and MN Hearing Instrument Dispenser Advisory Council.
Kiedrowski earned a B.S.M.E. in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master of arts from the University of Minnesota's School of Public Affairs. He also earned an Ed.D. from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.