Policy Fellows Community

Acceptance into the Policy Fellows program instantly connects you to a national network of public and private sector leaders.

Get to Know the Policy Fellows Community

Acceptance into the Policy Fellows program instantly connects you to a national network of public and private sector leaders. Check out our current cohort and alumni board. You can also see a full list of alumni here.

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Humphrey School Policy Fellows cohort 2021–2022

Read full bios of the 2021-2022 policy fellows

  • Kate Agnew, senior director of software engineering, Optum
  • Khalif Ahmed Bashir, executive director, Hope Action Network; supervisor, Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • Robert Benson, deputy district director, Office of U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer
  • Lorrhonda Byrd, program coordinator, The Link
  • Elena Condos, chief growth officer, Hiper Hipo; small business advisor; innovation and strategy consultant
  • Maj. Mindy Davis, military personnel officer, Minnesota National Guard 
  • Tamir Elnabarawy, director of federal relations, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Erik Hillesheim, senior account executive, Proctor & Gamble
  • Zachary Hylton, senior policy analyst, Ramsey County Manager's Office
  • Guled Ibrahim, civil rights attorney, Civil Rights Department, City of Minneapolis
  • Amber Jones, policy advisor, Office of Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan; outreach coordinator, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
  • Courtney Jordan Baechler, MD, MS, medical director, Emerging Science Centers, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation; consulting cardiologist, Minneapolis Heart Institute
  • Megan Kelley, director and employee relations counsel, Target
  • Betsy Kuller, senior manager, customer experience measurement, experience, design, insights, and measurement,  Best Buy
  • Ben Kusch, lead designer, TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative, school districts of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, and West St. Paul–Mendota Heights–Eagan
  • Matt Ladhoff, director of social enterprise solutions, Ecotone Analytics; managing partner, Access Philanthropy; adjunct lecturer, Carlson School of Management
  • Chief Master Sgt. Mark Legvold, wing command chief, 133rd Airlift Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard
  • Amy Meuers, CEO, National Youth Leadership Council
  • Miranda Noll, director of finance, DARTS
  • Sarah Peterson, principal attorney, SPS Immigration PLLC
  • Michael Reading, lead risk consultant–enterprise risk management, Target
  • Cirien Saadeh, executive director, The UpTake; associate faculty, Prescott College; producer and host, Radical News Radio Hour on WFNU
  • Lt. Col. Joseph Sanganoo, infantry battalion commander, Minnesota National Guard
  • Courtney Schroeder, global inclusion senior manager, General Mills
  • Amanda Schuh, director of psychiatry, Lorenz Clinic
  • Ahava Silkey-Jones, executive director, DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science 
  • Emily Terrell, POWER program manager, The Link
  • Jennifer Thao, executive services director, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Luisa E. Trapero, billing assistance clerk, Sunde, Olson, Kircher & Zender;  member, Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas
  • Amy Truelsen, senior director, corporate responsibility and sustainability communications, Cargill
  • Trevor Turner, public policy director, Minnesota Council on Disability
  • Ben Waltz, housing programs manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Megan Wolle, senior community relations and foundation manager, Land O'Lakes
  • John-Paul Yates, director of public policy, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce

Humphrey School Policy Fellows Alumni Board 2021–2022

Chair: JoAnn Birkholz (2015–16), Medica Foundation
Vice Chair: Josh Ney (2017–18), Alzheimer's Association of MN-ND
Staff/Advisor: Sara Benzkofer

  • Biiftuu Ibrahim Adam (2020-21), MN Dept. of Public Safety-Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
  • Braynell Danue Estrada Britton (2019–20), US Bank
  • E. David Dively (2018–19), Minnesota Council on Disability
  • Amy Fredregill (2008–09), WSB
  • Justin Freiberg (2018-19) Itasca Project; McKinsey & Company
  • Shannon Gregory (2019–20), Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
  • Darla Kashian (2015–16), RBC Wealth Management
  • Jake Loesch (2017–18), Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Sara Runchey (2001-02), Runchey, Louwagie & Wellman, P.L.L.P.
  • Summra Shariff (2017–18), Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
  • Lucas Sjostrom (2018–19), Minnesota Milk
  • Bryan Strawser (2016-17), Bryghtpath LLC; MN Gun Owners Caucus
  • Amy Strenge (2018–19), Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association
  • Jessica Young (2019-20), The Medical Alley Association

Alumni Board

The mission of the alumni board is to cultivate a vibrant and inclusive community of Policy Fellows alumni who are committed to deepening connections with each other and build on the values of the program in our communities.

The application cycle for the 2022-23 board will open in June 2022, and decisions about new board members will be made in August 2022.