Humphrey School News—February 18, 2015

Esteemed leaders join Humphrey School Dean’s Advisory Council

Figures from government, nonprofit, and private sectors bring public affairs expertise

Minneapolis, MN (2/18/15)—Humphrey School of Public Affairs Dean Eric Schwartz today welcomed nine new members to the Humphrey School Dean’s Advisory Council. The new members all possess distinguished experience in public service and the private sector at state, national, and international levels.

The 2015 appointees are:

Vin Weber served in the U.S. Congress from 1982 to 1992, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. One of the most prominent strategists in the Republican Party, Weber is a partner at Mercury in Washington, DC. . He is former chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and is a Humphrey School senior fellow.

David Durenberger served as U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1978 until 1995. He sat on the Select Committee on Intelligence and Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee. Durenberger is a graduate of University of Minnesota Law School and serves as a senior health policy fellow at the University of St. Thomas.

Sheldon L. Schreiberg, partner in the Pepper Hamilton, LLP law firm, plans, negotiates, and documents transactions for developers, investors, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to Pepper Hamilton, Schreiberg’s experience was in the federal government. Schreiberg served on the staff of Hubert H. Humphrey and also as principal draftsman of housing and multifamily finance legislation.

Laura Bishop is vice president of public affairs for Best Buy Co., Inc. A Minnesota native, Bishop works closely with stakeholders to determine strategic direction and policy to reach business goals. Before joining Best Buy, she spent much of her career the public sector, where she served in public affairs and political assignments for the White House, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of State, and the State of Minnesota.

Rob Clark is vice president of global corporate communications for Medtronic. Prior to joining Medtronic, Clark served as vice president of healthcare modernization for Optum, Inc., integrating its public policy objectives. He has held a variety of positions in communications and government affairs with ADC Telecommunications and Digi International, and served in the U.S. Air Force and as Air Force Reserve.

Mike Fernandez, with expertise in global corporate affairs and corporate responsibility, serves as corporate vice president at Cargill, Inc. Prior to joining Cargill, Fernandez worked as the chief communications officer for four Fortune 500 companies. Fernandez is listed as one of the top 50 public relations professionals on the PRWeek’s Power List. He serves on the boards of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Immigration Works USA.

Trista Harris has served as president of Minnesota Council on Foundations since 2013. An alumna of the Humphrey School (Master of Public Policy ’03), Harris is former executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis and previously served as program officer at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

Paul Williams serves as the executive director for Project for Pride in Living (PPL). His experience in the nonprofit, public, and philanthropic sectors helps him to create community in PPL. Prior to PPL, Williams was the City of Saint Paul’s Deputy Mayor and also led community development investments for Local Initiatives Support Corporations (LISC). Williams is an alumnus of the Humphrey School (Master of Arts in Public Affairs '90).

John Adams is professor emeritus of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs who also recently served as a senior research associate with the University Metropolitan Consortium. He was awarded the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban & Regional Affairs in 2000. He has been a visiting professor at Olstyn University of Agriculture & Technology, Marie Curie-Slodowska University, and the U.S. Military Academy.

The Humphrey School Dean’s Advisory Council, chaired by Federal District Judge Jack Tunheim, includes an array of community leaders who support the Humphrey School and advise the dean on policies and programs.

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