Policy Fellows Community

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

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Apply to Be on the Policy Fellows Board

We’re pleased to announce the application to serve on the Policy Fellows alumni board is now open until July 12. Board members will serve a two-year term starting September 2021. Longer terms are possible if you seek a leadership position after the first year. 

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.

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

Before applying, please review the board charter, 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.

Applicants will be informed of their status by August 27. There will be a new member orientation in September and the first board meeting will be in October. 

Join us for an informational session on Tuesday, June 22 from noon to 1 p.m. CT to learn more about this opportunity and to ask questions. If you have questions prior to the info session, please email [email protected].

Register to attend the info session                    Apply to join the Alumni Board

FAQs

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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 the new 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 1½ hours.

Where do new 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 across Greater Minnesota.

Seeking Volunteer Newsletter Editors

The alumni board wants to launch a quarterly newsletter to keep alumni updated and engaged and we need your help. 

We’re seeking several alumni who will help to manage the newsletter content. You’ll work with the alumni board and program staff to determine content, collect and edit articles, and write articles as needed. 

Depending on how many volunteers step forward will determine how much time is required, but likely two to four hours every quarter.

Do you have a plethora of newsletter ideas, are you organized and detail-oriented, and do you have experience writing? We want to hear from you! Please email us at [email protected]

Attend a Policy Fellows Event

Rebuilding Childcare in Greater Minnesota

Join the Policy Fellows alumni board on Tuesday, July 20, from noon–1 p.m. CT for a virtual conversation about the child care crisis in Greater Minnesota. 

Childcare providers have struggled to stay open during the pandemic as their costs increased, ratios decreased, and families removed their children from the programs. But Greater Minnesota was already facing a childcare shortage before COVID-19 arrived. 

What can be done to support childcare providers and working families in Greater Minnesota? What challenges are specific to Greater Minnesota childcare programs? What innovations are happening or being proposed that are specific to the community? 

Our speakers, including two Policy Fellows alumni, will address these questions. Small group discussions will follow. 

Note: This event is for Policy Fellows alumni only.

Register to attend the conversation

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 Alumni Board 2020–2021

Chair: JoAnn Birkholz (2015–16), Medica Foundation
Staff/Advisor: Sara Benzkofer

  • Braynell Danue Estrada Britton (2019–20), US Bank
  • E. David Dively (2018–19), Minnesota Council on Disability
  • Amy Fredregill (2008–09), Managing Director, Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, Environmental Initiative
  • Jess Anna Glover (2015–16), Land Stewardship Project 
  • Shannon Gregory (2019–20), Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
  • Darla Kashian (2015–16), RBC Wealth Management
  • Jake Loesch (2017–18), Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Josh Ney (2017–18), Alzheimer's Association of MN-ND
  • Jeanette Purcell (2017–18), Purcell Consulting, LLC
  • Summra Shariff (2017–18), Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
  • Lucas Sjostrom (2018–19), Minnesota Milk
  • Amy Strenge (2018–19), Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association
  • Curt Yoakum (2005–06), Minnesota Department of Administration