The Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Policy Fellows program is one of the most sought-after professional development opportunities in the nation. The program, now entering its 30th year, seeks to bridge the ideological divide and create lasting connections among participants that benefit Minnesota. Policy Fellows is an initiative of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) and is led by faculty director Professor Larry Jacobs.
Today, Jacobs announced Sara Benzkofer as the new executive director of the program. In this role, Benzkofer will work with Jacobs to continue to build the program and expand its impact during a time when bipartisanship and collaboration is greatly needed.
"The search committee had the pleasure of considering a number of outstanding candidates from Minnesota and around the country,” Jacobs said. “Sara Benzkofer is an exciting new addition to CSPG and the Policy Fellows, and she will empower each as vibrant parts of public life in Minnesota."
Benzkofer brings an extensive background in advocacy, organizing, and fundraising to the role. Prior to joining the Humphrey School, she served as the executive director of Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA), where she ran a program similar to Policy Fellows.
In her work, she demonstrated a deep commitment to working on diversity, equity and inclusion; she spent years working at the State Capitol as both a committee administrator and early childhood advocate, where she won bipartisan support for critical legislation. Her knowledge and skill in executing large conferences will also benefit CSPG’s current and new initiatives.
“The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance’s renowned Policy Fellows program, innovative events, and focus on respectful and solution-oriented discussion are more vital than ever, “Benzkofer said. “I am delighted to join this talented team and look forward to expanding the Center's reach and influence.”
Find more information on CSPG and the Policy Fellows program on the Humphrey School's website. Applications for the 2021-22 cohort will be available in March 2021.