Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Adjunct Faculty Member

Margaret Anderson Kelliher has been the president and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) since late 2010. Prior to MHTA, Margaret served in the Minnesota legislature for 12 years, including two terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. As House Speaker, she guided passage of a nation-leading renewable energy standard and built a broad coalition to enact Minnesota’s first comprehensive transportation funding bill in 20 years. She was the chief negotiator on behalf of the Minnesota House in Minnesota state budget negotiations.

Margaret has served on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) Board of Trustees. She chairs Governor Dayton’s Broadband Task Force, and has taught at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs since 2007. She also serves on the board of directors for the YWCA of Minneapolis, the Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Textile Center of Minneapolis.

Margaret graduated with a BA in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration in 2006 from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a specialty in negotiation, budgeting, and leadership. Margaret and her husband live in Minneapolis; they have two adult children.