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Peter Frosch

CEO

Favorite Regional Asset: Como Park & Zoo

Meet Peter

Peter Frosch

CEO

651.287.5805
Peter.Frosch@greatermsp.org

Peter Frosch became chief executive officer of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis-St. Paul regional economic development partnership, in March 2019. As CEO, Frosch is responsible for leading the global strategy for economic development and job creation for the greater Minneapolis- St. Paul region, with 3.6 million residents and a Gross Metropolitan Product of more than $260 billion.

Prior to being named CEO, Frosch served as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships and Chief of Staff. In this capacity, he created the MSP Regional Indicators Dashboard, a regional performance measurement now being replicated across the United States, and Make it. MSP., the talent retention and attraction initiative recognized by the International Economic Development Council as a leading initiative in economic development nationwide.

Before joining GREATER MSP in January 2013, Frosch served as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Betty McCollum in Washington, D.C., and also previously served as Director of Environmental Policy at Environmental Initiative, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit.

Frosch earned a bachelor’s degree in History and American Studies from Northwestern University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a master’s degree in International Relations from Dublin City University in Ireland, where he studied as a George Mitchell Scholar. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife Anne and their two young children.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Como Park & Zoo

Joel Akason

Senior Vice President, Business Investment and Research

Favorite Regional Asset: The Saint Paul Saints Minor League Baseball Team

Meet Joel

Joel Akason

Senior Vice President, Business Investment and Research

651.287.5807
Joel.Akason@greatermsp.org

Joel started his career with Pella Corporation after graduating in 1998 from Winona State University with a BS in business. While working at Pella Corporation, he earned his MBA from Drake University. In 2002, Joel began his economic development career in his home town of Oskaloosa, IA as the chamber president. After 15 months, he moved to the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which is the regional economic development organization in central Iowa. After 2 years with the region, Joel went and ran the economic development efforts for Marshall County, IA, which is part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership region. Joel worked as the President for the Marshall Economic Development Impact Committee (MEDIC) for 5 years until joining Capital City Partnership in February of 2011. Joel received his Certification of Economic Development (CEcD) in 2008 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). In 2015, Joel was recognized as a winner in Development Counsellors International's (DCI) economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession. 

Favorite Regional Asset:

The Saint Paul Saints Minor League Baseball Team

Cydni Bickerstaff

Vice President, Operations

Favorite Regional Asset: The Minneapolis Skyway System – the largest, contiguous system of enclosed, second level bridges in the world and the Mall of America

Meet Cydni

Cydni Bickerstaff

Vice President, Operations

651.287.1366
cydni.bickerstaff@greatermsp.org

Named a “Woman to Watch” by Washingtonian Magazine, Cydni Bickerstaff is Vice President of Operations for GREATER MSP. In this role, Cydni is responsible for guiding the financial, human resources, organizational development, information technologies, and resource development function of the organization.

Cydni is a visionary, entrepreneurial leader, offering progressive experience driving and scaling high-profile operations, marketing, and event portfolios. Cydni brings operations expertise from her leadership with the 2019 Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee where she served as the Vice President of Event Operations.

Prior to relocating to Minnesota, Cydni used her innate knowledge of event operations, marketing and sponsorship development to found and build a successful company, The Bickerstaff Group (TBG). TBG was a full-service agency, specializing in inventing, developing and executing sensational events for organizations around the country.

Cydni earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Hampton University and earned a master’s degree in Marketing from Florida A&M University. She lives in Plymouth with her husband Calvin and their two young daughters.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The Minneapolis Skyway System – the largest, contiguous system of enclosed, second level bridges in the world and the Mall of America

Matt Lewis

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Favorite Regional Asset: Our vibrant & growing Cultural Districts

Meet Matt

Matt Lewis

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

651.287.5815
Matt.Lewis@greatermsp.org

Matt Lewis is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. Matt works to advance the Regional Economic Development Strategy through the implementation of the GREATER MSP Partnership’s portfolio of cross-sector strategic initiatives, including: Make It. MSP., Forge North, MBold, ConnextMSP, Center Cities, and the Regional Air Services Partnership. He was named Young Economic Development Professional of the year by the International Economic Development Council for his work to build Make It. MSP., the region’s talent attraction and retention initiative. Matt earned his MBA from the Carlson School of Management and his Master’s of Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He serves in leadership positions at a number of civic organizations including as Board President of Conservation Minnesota.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Our vibrant & growing Cultural Districts

JoAnne Berkenkamp

Managing Director, MBOLD

Favorite Regional Asset: The St. Croix River Valley

Meet JoAnne

JoAnne Berkenkamp

Managing Director, MBOLD

651.287.1362
JoAnne.Berkenkamp@greatermsp.org

JoAnne Berkenkamp is the Managing Director of the MBOLD initiative. MBOLD is a CEO-driven collaboration of Minnesota’s globally leading and growing base of agriculture and food companies and organizations.  We work to accelerate solutions to the globally significant challenges facing the food and agriculture sectors to drive sustainability, economic growth, innovation and talent attraction and retention.

JoAnne has two decades of experience working in the food, agriculture and environmental sectors in a variety of domestic and international contexts.  She most recently worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council, driving efforts to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste, and has worked extensively in food supply chain research and development, farm enterprise development, regional food systems and sustainable agriculture.  Berkenkamp also has a background in corporate finance and has worked in the international development field in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She holds a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Illinois and a master's from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The St. Croix River Valley

Jodi Dosmann

Office Specialist

Favorite Regional Asset: The music scene and public radio station, The Current.

Meet Jodi

Jodi Dosmann

Office Specialist

651.287.5809
Jodi.Dosmann@greatermsp.org

With 20+ years of experience, Jodi provides administrative support as well as coordinating meetings and bookkeeping. Prior to joining the organization, Jodi was an Office Coordinator at Seneca Foods International Division. Jodi earned her bachelor's degree in Economics and Anthropology from Hamline University in Saint Paul.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The music scene and public radio station, The Current.

Emily FitzSimmons

Engagement Manager, Make It. MSP.

Favorite Regional Asset: The region’s many rich cultural and historic neighborhoods – including Summit Avenue, the longest stretch of Victorian homes in the U.S.

Meet Emily

Emily FitzSimmons

Engagement Manager, Make It. MSP.

651.287.5823
emily.fitzsimmons@greatermsp.org

Emily FitzSimmons is the Engagement Manager for Make It. MSP., the GREATER MSP Partnership’s strategic initiative to make our region one of the country’s best places to work, live, and thrive. As a member of the Make It. MSP. team, Emily plans, produces, and promotes the initiative’s external communications as well as develops and executes communications strategy for Make It. MSP.’s priority projects. From blog posts, web content, and newsletters to the quarterly development of Make It. MSP. Insights Reports, Emily works to help tell the story of our region while empowering the partners and communities that make Greater MSP great. Before joining the Make It. MSP. team, Emily worked as a marketing and communications professional in the architecture, engineering, and planning industry where she gained meaningful insight into how cities, businesses, and communities prepare for the future. She brings a strong background in writing for both B2B and B2C audiences, storytelling, and campaign planning for non-profit organizations and partners in city and regional tourism. Emily earned degrees in both Communications Studies and U.S. History from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The region’s many rich cultural and historic neighborhoods – including Summit Avenue, the longest stretch of Victorian homes in the U.S.

Maurice Harris

Manager, Research

Favorite Regional Asset: The region’s great transportation and public transit network.

Meet Maurice

Maurice Harris

Manager, Research

651-287-1369
Maurice.Harris@greatermsp.org

Maurice Harris is the Research Manager for Greater MSP. Maurice’s roles include conducting research to support economic development and market research efforts for the recruitment, retention, and attraction of businesses to the region. He is also responsible for the development and maintenance of intelligence directly related to supporting regional economic development efforts. Prior to GREATER MSP, Maurice was a researcher with the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), the research arm of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. His primary roles were performing target industry research, economic impact analysis, and special project research for policymakers. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in Public Affairs, specializing in Public Policy Analysis and Regional Development and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Knox College majoring in Political Science and History.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The region’s great transportation and public transit network.

Carolyn Hayden

Marketing Coordinator

Favorite Regional Asset: Mall of America

Meet Carolyn

Carolyn Hayden

Marketing Coordinator

651-287-5811
carolyn.hayden@greatermsp.org

Carolyn is the Marketing Coordinator at GREATER MSP, specializing in graphic design, project management and strategic marketing. She is responsible for implementing the marketing plans by creating and updating collateral across all departments. In addition to this, Carolyn manages video production and assists with event planning. Prior to this position, Carolyn worked for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl LII. In this role, she designed signage for high profile events, stage backdrops for the opening night concert, and invitations for events related to the Super Bowl. Carolyn has also worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota. Her primary focus was re-branding the Minnesota Chapter materials for the new fiscal year with fresh layouts to reflect their new style. A few of her projects included the creation of email banners, social media posts and literature handouts. Carolyn received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Mall of America

Frances Huntley

Analyst, Research

Favorite Regional Asset: Uptown Minneapolis lakes, events, and food!

Meet Frances

Frances Huntley

Analyst, Research

651.287.5814
frances.huntley@greatermsp.org

Frances Huntly is a Greater MSP Research Analyst and has been with the organization since July of 2017. Frances has a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. During the course of her student career, she worked for numerous nonprofits including the Minnesota Council of Churches’ Refugee Services as well as the Northside Achievement Zone cradle-to-career partnership in Minneapolis. She also has experience in marketing and administrative support. Frances has a strong interest and abilities in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation, with specific training in ROI analysis, impact evaluation, and advanced population modeling techniques.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Uptown Minneapolis lakes, events, and food!

Morgan Kaardal

Project Coordinator, Business Investment

Favorite Regional Asset: Crosby Farm Park or really any of our wonderful parks and trails

Meet Morgan

Morgan Kaardal

Project Coordinator, Business Investment

651.287.5812
morgan.kaardal@greatermsp.org

As the Business Investment Project Coordinator, Morgan works with partners and stakeholders to support business investment and job growth in the Minneapolis St. Paul region. Morgan graduated from the University of St. Thomas with bachelor degrees in Economics and International Studies. She interned for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, United States Senator Amy Klobuchar and the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania. Morgan is currently working to receive her Economic Development Finance Professional certification.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Crosby Farm Park or really any of our wonderful parks and trails

Peter Kaiser

Manager, Investor Relations

Favorite Regional Asset: The wide array of great restaurants

Meet Peter

Peter Kaiser

Manager, Investor Relations

651.287.1348
Peter.Kaiser@greatermsp.org

As Investor Relations Manager, Peter supports the recruitment and retention of GREATER MSP Investors, and planning and executing annual fundraising initiatives. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Peter held the position of Corporate Relations Manager at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, where he led the organization’s corporate sponsorship program. Previously, Peter was Campaign Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Minnesota’s Team in Training program where he recruited and supported individual fundraisers looking to enhance the organization’s mission while training for endurance events. Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The wide array of great restaurants

Betsy Knapp

Organizational Specialist

Favorite Regional Asset: Lake Minnetonka and the surrounding lake towns.

Meet Betsy

Betsy Knapp

Organizational Specialist

651.287.1367
Betsy.Knapp@greatermsp.org

Betsy Knapp is an Organizational Specialist for the Business Investment team at GREATER MSP. She comes to the organization with more than 18 years of profit and nonprofit experience in developing new programs and processes in a variety of administrative settings. Most recently she was with Datalink Corporation, an Eden Prairie company that designs, implements and supports enterprise data centers. Betsy holds an education degree from Winona State University as well as an MS in Adult Education from Iowa State University.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Lake Minnetonka and the surrounding lake towns.

Ashley Konz

Marketing Specialist

Favorite Regional Asset: Minneapolis Farmers Market

Meet Ashley

Ashley Konz

Marketing Specialist

651-287-1363
Ashley.konz@greatermsp.org

Ashley Konz is the Marketing Specialist at GREATER MSP, where she assists with the development, creation, and communication of marketing plans, materials, campaigns, and strategy for the GREATER MSP brand. Ashley has a background in economic development marketing and specializes in digital marketing where she focuses on website management, digital design, social media marketing, email marketing, and digital marketing strategy. Before joining GREATER MSP, Ashley held the position as a Social Media Strategist at Hubbard Interactive, where she utilized the power of digital to develop effective marketing strategies for a variety of clients to increase their presence on social media and exceed their business goals. Previously Ashley worked on a project for The Department of Homeland Security and Facebook to build and implement a global social media campaign where she competed against hundreds of other individual’s campaigns and received an honorable mention for the success of her campaign. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and International Relations from Saint Cloud State University.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Minneapolis Farmers Market

Jen Lindemer

Director, Organizational Development

Favorite Regional Asset: Daniella’s Chocolates in Forest Lake voted WCCO’s Best Hot Cocoa in Minnesota!

Meet Jen

Jen Lindemer

Director, Organizational Development

651-287-1357
jennifer.lindemer@greatermsp.org

People leadership and cultivating culture highlight Jennifer’s HR and Organizational Development strengths. With over 15 years of expertise in diverse spans of industries including, but not limited to, manufacturing, healthcare and nonprofits, Jennifer finds significance in serving the team behind the organization. Driven by high optimism to help people magnify their talents, Jennifer believes everyone contributes a worthwhile purpose on this planet. She is responsible for the attraction, engagement, development, and retention of GREATER MSP’s most valuable asset—our excellent people. Inspired to work amongst a constellation of super stars, Jennifer finds her job rewarding as she learns something new every day. Jennifer graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Family Studies and focus in HR Management. She received her Masters in Communication from Bethel University with a distinction in training and development. Having visited 22 Latin American countries, she practices Spanish as a second language and makes an unbeatable guacamole.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Daniella’s Chocolates in Forest Lake voted WCCO’s Best Hot Cocoa in Minnesota!

Belinda Massey

Controller

Favorite Regional Asset: Science Museum of Minnesota and the History Center

Meet Belinda

Belinda Massey

Controller

651-287-5822
belinda.massey@greatermsp.org

Belinda Massey is the Financial Controller at GREATER MSP, where she handles everything money related! Before joining GREATER MSP, Belinda worked for software start-ups in London, where she learned about crowdfunding and implemented cloud-based accounting systems to help small, fast-growing businesses meet their ever-changing needs. Previously Belinda worked in Australia in various industries, including insurance, construction and FMCG’s. Belinda is passionate about helping the companies she works with succeed and utilizes her CPA qualification to exceed expectations and increase productivity.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Science Museum of Minnesota and the History Center

Laura McCarthy

Director, Communications

Favorite Regional Asset: The historic riverfront district in downtown Minneapolis and the amazing culinary scene

Meet Laura

Laura McCarthy

Director, Communications

612.644.0403
laura.mccarthy@greatermsp.org

Laura is the Communications Director for GREATER MSP. In this role, she tells the story of the region and promotes the work of the partnership through owned, earned and paid channels.

Laura has spent a large part of her career promoting the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, spending 10 years with Meet Minneapolis, the city’s official convention and visitors association. It’s here that she worked closely with the 2008 Republican National Convention host committee, serving the thousands of media outlets that covered the event.

After graduating from Iowa State University with a BS in Journalism and Mass Communication, she began her career in media and public relations, expanding into marketing and advertising roles over the years. Her professional background has been varied, including positions at corporate, agency and nonprofit organizations in the entertainment, beauty, health, and academic industries, among others.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The historic riverfront district in downtown Minneapolis and the amazing culinary scene

Tiffany Orth

Senior Manager, Make It. MSP.

Favorite Regional Asset: The diverse and vibrant theater scene.

Meet Tiffany

Tiffany Orth

Senior Manager, Make It. MSP.

651.287.5823
Tiffany.Orth@greatermsp.org

Tiffany Orth is the Senior Manager for Make It. MSP, GREATER MSP’s new regional talent retention and attraction initiative. Her responsibilities include assisting with the implementation of the Make It. MSP initiative, as well as providing support to the regional economic development strategy team. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Tiffany worked as a Project Coordinator for the MN Sports Facilities Authority; the public entity charged with planning and designing the new U.S. Bank Stadium. Previously, Tiffany coordinated the gubernatorial appointments process for judicial and state agency positions in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and also supported Governor Dayton’s transition team. She has also worked in fundraising for various political campaigns. Tiffany earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The diverse and vibrant theater scene.

Rachel Placzek

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Favorite Regional Asset: The sprawling bike trail network that’s accessible, scenic and safe.

Meet Rachel

Rachel Placzek

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

651.287.1361
Rachel.Placzek@greatermsp.org

Rachel Placzek is the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator at GREATER MSP. In addition to growing the Make It. MSP. initiative, Rachel provides support to the organization's new Strategic Initiatives Hub. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, she built out a talent attraction and retention plan in her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, as Director of Talent Strategy for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development. Rachel earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science, Global Studies and Spanish from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and spent seven months studying in Bilbao, Spain. She’s passionate about cities, sustainability, Boston Terriers and dinner parties.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The sprawling bike trail network that’s accessible, scenic and safe.

Daniel Sopdie

Manager, Regional Strategy

Favorite Regional Asset: US Bank stadium, and the diverse educational institutions cluster

Meet Daniel

Daniel Sopdie

Manager, Regional Strategy

651-287-5810
Daniel.Sopdie@greatermsp.org

Daniel Sopdie is the Regional Strategy Manager at Greater MSP, where he builds, supports and guides teams and coalitions of partners to execute the regional economic development strategy. Before joining Greater MSP, Daniel was the Senior Program Manager at the Office of University Economic Development (UED) at the University of Minnesota. Daniel's other experience includes working as International Missions Communication Officer and International Programs Officer for the Starkey Hearing Technologies Corporate Foundation. Daniel has also served as a Social Entrepreneurship Fellow at The Resolution Project Inc., where he developed and implemented small enterprises in communities that link private and public funding to develop local and regional economies. Daniel earned bachelor’s degrees in Economic, Political Science, and International Relations from Wartburg College and his MBA from the Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas.

Favorite Regional Asset:

US Bank stadium, and the diverse educational institutions cluster

Meg Steuer

Manager, Forge North

Favorite Regional Asset: The vibrant arts and theater scene

Meet Meg

Meg Steuer

Manager, Forge North

651-287-1365
Meg.Steuer@greatermsp.org

As Forge North Manager, Meg supports a coalition of entrepreneurs, investors, makers, collaborators, and allies from all industries working together to make Minnesota the best place in the world to start ventures, solve problems and scale impact.

Meg moved to the Twin Cities in the fall of 2017, following three years helping small businesses throughout Southern Minnesota start, grow and scale in roles at the Small Business Development Center and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Meg became familiar with the Twin Cities startup scene as Operations Director for Twin Cities Startup Week and Beta.MN, where she leveraged her passion for building community and scaling initiatives to help community partners host a week of 200+ events for thousands of attendees. Meg earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The vibrant arts and theater scene

Amanda Taylor

Director, Research

Favorite Regional Asset: The hundreds of neighborhood parks and playgrounds in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Meet Amanda

Amanda Taylor

Director, Research

651-287-5804
Amanda.Taylor@greatermsp.org

Amanda Taylor is the Director of Research at GREATER MSP.  Amanda provides intelligence and analytical expertise to inform business investment decisions and the execution of strategic initiatives that will accelerate economic competitiveness and inclusive economic growth across the Greater MSP region.  Amanda brings 12 years of experience in economic development and corporate site selection to the organization. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Amanda was a site selection consultant and director of research with McCallum Sweeney Consulting in Greenville, South Carolina, providing site selection, incentives negotiation, and workforce analyses services.  Corporate site selection clients included Michelin, Northrop Grumman, Dollar General, and Aerojet Rocketdyne. She also engaged in economic development strategy and location competitiveness consulting with clients including the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Arkansas Economic Developers Association, Charleston (SC) Regional Development Alliance, and Enterprise Florida. Amanda also spent four years in project management and research roles with the Savannah (GA) Economic Development Authority, supporting significant capital investment and job creation decisions by companies like Gulfstream Aerospace and Mitsubishi Power Systems. Amanda earned her Master of City and Regional Planning at Clemson University and was honored with the American Institute of Certified Planners award. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Geography and Economics.  Amanda is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate (LEED® Green Associate).

Favorite Regional Asset:

The hundreds of neighborhood parks and playgrounds in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Mirdalys Herrera Tweeton

Executive Assistant & Engagement Specialist

Favorite Regional Asset: The performing arts scene, of which she has been a part for 16 years. Her favorite venues include the Ordway, the Orchestra Hall, and her “home away from home”- The Dakota Jazz Club.

Meet Mirdalys

Mirdalys Herrera Tweeton

Executive Assistant & Engagement Specialist

651.287.1358
mirdalys.tweeton@greatermsp.org

Mirdalys is the Executive Assistant to Peter Frosch and Engagement Specialist at GREATER MSP. She brings over thirteen years of experience in the legal, executive, and organizational support fields, with her most recent position being the Executive Assistant to the President and Dean of Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Sociology from the University of Minnesota and hopes to begin her JD in Fall, 2020. Mirdalys was born and raised in Cuba and speaks three languages. During her free time, Mirdalys likes to spend time with her three children and husband, and sometimes even finds time to read a book or two. Mirdalys is the lead singer of Nachito Herrera's band, as well as a veteran of the Army National Guard.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The performing arts scene, of which she has been a part for 16 years. Her favorite venues include the Ordway, the Orchestra Hall, and her “home away from home”- The Dakota Jazz Club.

Anders Victor

Senior Manager, Business Investment

Favorite Regional Asset: The Mississippi River

Meet Anders

Anders Victor

Senior Manager, Business Investment

651.287.5813
Anders.Victor@greatermsp.org

Along with other members of GREATER MSP’s Business Investment team, Anders works with various partners, stakeholders and influencers to facilitate business investment and job creation in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region. Anders graduated with master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, and interned at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. While studying for his undergraduate degree in Political Science, also at the University of Minnesota, he interned for Mayor Chris Coleman and United States Senator Amy Klobuchar. Anders has authored and co-authored published research on topics including genetic engineering policy, neuromodulation and occupational licensing in the healthcare sector. Anders is currently working to receive his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The Mississippi River