Policy Fellows Community

Policy Fellows board and staff

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 2022–2023

Read full bios of the 2022-2023 policy fellows

  • Abdullahi Abdulle, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Alyssa Banks, General Mills
  • Paul K. Beck, Dorsey & Whitney
  • Joanne Brockington, Target
  • Njeri Clement, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Allison Corrado, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
  • Andrea Cuene
  • Abdirizak Diis, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Aisha Elmquist, Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care
  • Pete Engler, Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
  • Antonio Espinosa, Art From the Inside
  • Robert Galligan, Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.
  • Annalise George, Regions Hospital Emergency Department
  • Alyssa Greene, Cultivate Counseling and Wellness
  • Sam Hills, Target
  • Jason Hull, Minnesota National Guard
  • Mike Karbo, American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Leah Koch, Campbell Knutson, PA
  • Alex Liuzzi, Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
  • Chris Macy, Legal Aid Services
  • Gina Obiri, City of Minneapolis
  • Eugenia Paulus, North Hennepin Community College
  • Stephanie Pinkalla, The Nature Conservancy
  • Mubina Qureshi, SEWA-AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness)
  • Nathan Ratner, Resurgence Urban Indian Education Initiative
  • Beth Singleton, Ridgewater College
  • Eduardo Suárez, Minnesota National Guard
  • Martha Swanson, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Zach Tabatt, Initiative Foundation
  • Erin Vrieze Daniels, Target
  • Bianca Ward Virnig, Metro ECSU
  • Sarah Weiss, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Matt Woestehoff, Foundation Technologies
  • Joanna Woolman, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • May Yang, Minnesota Council on Foundations
  • Pang Yang, Ramsey County

Humphrey School Policy Fellows Alumni Board 2022–2023

Chair: Biiftuu Ibrahim Adam, (2020-21), MN Dept. of Public Safety-Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Vice Chair: E. David Dively (2018-19), Minnesota Council on Disability
Staff/Advisor: Sara Benzkofer

  • Seth Boffeli, 2013-14, AARP
  • Braynell Danue Estrade Britton, 2019-20, Best Buy
  • Jasmine Carey, 2018-19, NEOO Partners
  • Justin Freiberg, 2018-19, Itasca Project; McKinsey & Company
  • Dan Katzenberger, 2020-21, Accenture
  • Matt Ladhoff, 2021-22, Ecotone Analytics, General Benefit Corp
  • Miranda Noll, 2021-22, Target
  • Sara Runchey, 2001-02, Runchey, Louwagie & Wellman, P.L.L.P
  • Penny Schumacher, 2007-08
  • Exhilda Siame, 2012-13, SNF-Cassia
  • 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 
  • Aaron Tinjum, 2019-20, Xcel Energy
  • Anne Kanyusik Yoakum, 2012-13, Hennepin Health
  • 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.

Apply to be on the Policy Fellows Alumni Board

Thank you for your interest in the Policy Fellows Alumni Board! The application for the 2022-2023 alumni board is now closed. The next application will open in June 2023.

We are seeking board members who are committed to the Policy Fellows program and who will prioritize attending board meetings, fundraising for program scholarships, recruiting for new cohorts, and planning and attending events. 

Board members do not have any fiduciary responsibilities. This is a working board and while attending board members is important, board members are also expected to dedicate additional time and energy outside of the board meetings engaging alumni in various ways. 

Before applying, please review the board charter and the Frequently Asked Questions below, which outlines details such as roles and responsibilities and time commitment. Board members must be alumni of the Policy Fellows program. 

We seek a racially, ethnically, culturally, geographically, professionally, and politically diverse board of directors who represent a rich cross-section of Minnesotans.

Also, check out the video we produced for the 30th anniversary celebration and be further inspired to serve as a board member. It’s a visual story of the history of the Policy Fellows program and its impact in building a strong civic culture in our state. 

Questions? Email [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the expectations of board service?

Please refer to the board charter.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be alumni of the Policy Fellows program.

Who appoints members of the board?

The current board members appoint new board members.

What days/times do board members meet?

Once the new board members are appointed, we will survey the group to find a recurring monthly meeting time that works best for everyone. There will be a new member orientation in September and the first board meeting will be in October. 

How long are the monthly meetings?

Typically, meetings are 1 ½ hours.

Where do board members meet?

Once the new board members are chosen, and to ensure equitable access to the meetings, the board will explore a combination of virtual and in-person meetings, both in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.