Celebrating 30 Years of the Policy Fellows Program

Celebrating 30 Years of the Policy Fellows Program. Wednesday, June 8, 2022. 5:30 Reception, 6:30 Program. Huntington Bank Stadium, Club Cambria Room.

The Humphrey School’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) is pleased to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its esteemed Policy Fellows program.

The Policy Fellows program has deep roots in Minnesota’s civic community, built on core values of bipartisanship, inclusiveness, and seeking common good solutions to public challenges.

The program, founded by Vice President Mondale, along with Ambassador Geri Joseph, convenes yearly a cohort of 35 mid-career leaders who learn how to build capacity for working across difference in these challenging times. Former Congressmen Tim Penny and Vin Weber co-directed the program for 12 years. The program has been directed by Professor Larry Jacobs since 2006. Sara Benzkofer is Executive Director and Kate Cimino preceded her.

There are now more than 800 alumni of the program, from all across Minnesota, from a variety of political perspectives, from all professional sectors (business, nonprofit, and government), and from diverse backgrounds, including our state’s new immigrant communities.

About the Event

The 30th anniversary celebration will be an opportunity to bring together alumni and friends of the program to strengthen their connections; to honor program funders; to recognize the program’s impact in building strong civic culture in the state of Minnesota; to raise funds for program scholarships; and to look ahead to the program’s bright future.

Sponsor the Event

Please consider joining us as a sponsor of the event and connect your organization to leaders who are working passionately in their communities to make the world a better place. 

Check out the many ways you can sponsor the event. Contact Sara Benzkofer, program Executive Director, if you'd like to sponsor or have any questions. Email [email protected], or call 952-457-4641. 


Join us to celebrate the program's legacy and impact with Fellows and friends. Register here
Cost:  $50 per person
**Includes heavy appetizers, cash bar

Please consider additional ways to support the Policy Fellows program - thank you for your generous support!
  • Give it forward - purchase an additional ticket for someone who may have financial barriers for attending. Please select "ticket to donate" when registering.
  • Support scholarships for future Fellows by adding an additional donation when registering.
  • Unable to attend? Please support the program with a gift.

    Do you need financial support to attend? Please email [email protected].