Dean's Advisory Council

This distinguished group of community advisors provides advice and counsel to the dean and helps the Humphrey School strengthen its connections with the community.

John S. Adams
Emeritus Professor, 
Geography, Planning & Public Affairs
, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jason Adkins
Executive Director, Minnesota Catholic Conference
St. Paul, Minnesota

Alison Bakken
Global Head of Enterprise Technology, Thomson Reuters
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Peter Bell

Former Chair, 
Metropolitan Council

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kjell Bergh

Chairman and CEO
, Borton Volvo, Borton Overseas
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Laura Bishop (Chair)

Retired Chief Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Officer, 
Best Buy
Richfield, Minnesota

Laura Bloomberg
Dean, 
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 
University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mike Christenson
Director of Workforce Development, Hennepin County
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Michael Ciresi

Partner
, Ciresi & Conlin LLP

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rob Clark

Vice President, Global Communications and Corporate Marketing
, Medtronic
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jay Cowles

President, Unity Avenue Associates 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rachel Dame
President, Humphrey School of Public Affairs Student Association
Minneapolis, Minnesota

David Durenberger

Former United States Senator

Minnesota

Michael O. Freeman

County Attorney, 
Hennepin County

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Joan Anderson Growe (Honorary)

Former Secretary of State
, State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Trista Harris
*
President
, FutureGood Consulting

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cecily Hines
Former Vice President and General Counsel, Boston Scientific
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hon. William Howard (Honorary)

Judge, 
Hennepin County District Court

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hubert H. Humphrey III

Former Senior Liaison Officer
, Office of Financial Protection 
for Older Americans, 

Consumer Financial
 Protection Bureau

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jim Jacobson
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Medica
Minneapolis, Minnesota

James A. Johnson

Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners

Washington, DC

Eric Jolly

President and CEO, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
St. Paul, Minnesota


Geri M. Joseph, Chair 
Emerita (Honorary)

Former Ambassador to the 
Netherlands

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jay Kiedrowski*

Senior Fellow
, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Peggy Leppik

Former State Representative, Minnesota 

Golden Valley, Minnesota

Kyle Makarios

Political Director, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America 

Washington, DC

Ted Mondale

New Business and Government Relations, Foundation Technologies

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hon. Walter F. Mondale

Senior Counsel, 
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Former United States Vice President

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kiyoshi Nakasaka*

President and CEO
, Washington CORE, LLC

Bethesda, Maryland

Kim Nelson

Retired Senior Vice President of External 
Relations
, General Mills

Golden Valley, Minnesota

Thomas Nides

Vice Chairman
, Morgan Stanley

New York, New York

Kathleen O'Brien

Former Vice President
, University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Roger Parkinson

Former President and Publisher
, Star Tribune
, 
Toronto Globe and Mail

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mitch Pearlstein
Founder and Former President
, Center of the American Experiment

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dean Phillips

Co-owner, Penny's Coffee
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Judy Poferl
*
Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Executive Services

Xcel Energy

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Paula Prahl
*
Principal, P2P LLC 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lois Quam
Chief Executive Officer, Pathfinder International
Boston, Massachusetts

Isaac Reyes
Vice President of Government Affairs, Target
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. Sheila Riggs

Chair, 
Department of Primary Dental Care, 
School of Dentistry, 
University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sharon Sayles Belton
Vice President, Community Relations and Government Affairs, Thomson Reuters
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sheldon L. Schreiberg

Former Senior Partner
, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Washington, DC

Ed Spencer, Jr.

Founder and Chairman
, Affinity Capital Management

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Paul Stembler
*
Principal Consultant, RSP Analysts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tom Swain

Former Mayor, City of Lilydale

Former Executive Vice President
, The Saint Paul Companies/Travelers

Lilydale, Minnesota

Hon. John R. Tunheim (Former Chair)
Chief U.S. District Judge
, District of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ruth Usem

Philanthropist and Community Leader

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Vin Weber

Former United States Representative, 
2nd District of Minnesota

Washington, DC

Dan Whalen
*
Philanthropist
, Whalen Family Foundation

Oakland, California

Paul Williams*

President and CEO
, Project for Pride in Living

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Andrea Wood*
Head of Social Impact, Best Buy
Richfield, Minnesota

*These members of the Dean's Advisory Council are alumni of the Humphrey School.