Mar 2009 - Present
Aug 2006 - Jan 2009
Oct 2001 - Dec 2006
Senior Mortgage Banker
Provide financial guidance to homeowners regarding their home mortgage options, debt restructuring, and long-term planning.Generated over $60 million in mortgages working at several firms including The Mortgage Company, Mississippi Mortgage, and Advisor’s Mortgage.
Jan 2001 - Dec 2002
Public Affairs Consultant
Worked with clients to achieve public affairs goals.Primary client was the city of Stillwater with my work focused on generating renewed support for a proposed Stillwater Bridge, in particular, pressuring the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin to formally request funding from the Federal government.I also provided a community relations outreach effort on behalf of a local housing development project.
Jul 2000 - Dec 2000
Vice President - External Affairs (interim)
Minnesota Children's Museum
Worked with the president and other executive staff in an interim capacity on development and external relations opportunities, including its 20th Anniversary celebration.
Jul 2000 - Nov 2000
DFL Endorsed Senate Candidate
Candidate for Minnesota State Senate
Left my position with Congressman Luther to run for the Minnesota state senate in a highly competitive district. Entered the race on the final day of filing and put forward a strong, well funded campaign against Republican Party candidate Michele Bachmann and Independence Party candidate Lyno Sullivan. In a short time frame, ran a strong race as a virtual unknown against a well-known opponent who had defeated a long-time incumbent in her party's primary election.
Jan 1995 - Jul 2000
Chief of Staff/Press Secretary
Congressman Bill Luther
Led Washington and Minnesota offices with up to 20 staff members; managed $1 million+ budget and returned money to the treasury each year; served simultaneously as press secretary and spokesman during a portion of the time.Frequently spoke to community groups, chambers, senior high students, and others as part of our outreach effort.Accomplishments include:
·Directed legislative effort to pass the HELP (Help Equip Local Police) Act;
·Worked with Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN) toward passage of the ‘Bleacher Safety Act’ after a Minnesota boy was killed in an accident at a hockey rink;
·Led an in-state effort to forge a compromise for the long-standing impasse over a new Stillwater Bridge which resulted in my being named 1998 Person of the Year by the Stillwater Gazette newspaper;
·Oversaw effort to address the high cost of a college education including a 1996 GAO (Government Accountability Office) report on the subject;
·Frequent speaker before community groups, chambers of commerce, high school students and others;
·Conducted a series of ‘Listening Sessions’ on behalf of the Congressman rather than cancel them due to a federal government shutdown that kept the Congressman in Washington;
·Helped secure committee assignment for Luther on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee;
·Developed relationships with the Independence Party of Minnesota resulting in Luther’s endorsement by the third party;
·Secured additional funding for the Wakota Bridge project so that its reconstruction could begin earlier than scheduled;
·Assisted in several successful re-election campaigns in one of the most competitive congressional districts in the country building his margin of victory significantly from the Congressman’s initial election win of 500+ votes
Jan 1993 - Jan 1995
Legislative Counsel/Dir of Federal Relations
Minnesota Medical Association
Coordinated Federal Government Relations activity; served as legislative counsel addressing data privacy, medical liability, and health care reform issues; lobbied at the Minnesota legislature.Drafted 1993 Health Care Reform legislation that became the principal legislative vehicle acted on by the Minnesota legislature.
Nov 1989 - Jan 1993
Deputy District Director
Congressman Gerry Sikorski
Directed the district office for Congressman Sikorski, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chair of the Civil Service Subcommittee of the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee; wrote extensive report on the bottled water industry in Minnesota; press liaison.Handled health care, environment and small business issues.Working with the Civil Service Subcommittee that Sikorski chaired, secured several new post offices throughout the Sixth District.
- Chair, Resources for Child Caring, 2007-2009; Board member since 2005; led effort to re-engage the board, recruit new board members, and evolve the organizational focus.Organization services and budget have more than doubled during tenure as chair.RCC employs 100 people and has a $12 million budget.
- Commissioner, Washington County Housing & Redevelopment Authority, May 2003 to December 2007.Worked with fellow commissioners and staff to maintain and increase affordable housing options in Washington County; counseled homeowners to help avoid foreclosure; and participated in the redevelopment of the Whispering Oaks trailer park.
- Volunteer, St. Croix Valley Athletic Association as coach or assistant coach for soccer and baseball teams.
- Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America including one year as a leader.
- Volunteer and fundraiser for numerous political campaigns
- 1998 Stillwater Gazette ‘Person of the Year’ for work to resolve the long-standing Stillwater Bridge controversy
- DFL endorsed State Senate Candidate against Michele Bachmann, 2000
- Member, Minnesota State Bar
- Guest Columnist, Stillwater Gazette (2000-2001)
- Authored numerous newspaper commentaries; detailed research report on the bottled water industry; and magazine article regarding health reform published in Minnesota Medicine.
Veteran public policy leader with an expansive approach toward public affairs and advocacy. While expanding my experience in business, non-profit advocacy and community service, I have remained active on the political and legislative front. My experiences over the past few years have given me a unique understanding into the challenges facing people. My passion is to find a position in the public policy/advocacy arena that seeks justice and helps bring solutions to the problems of health care, education, job loss, and the financial crisis.
In 2006 I shifted into the non-profit world by establishing a new national Advocacy organization-the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children (NAPSAC). I was able to pull from my past experience and chart a sound course in the areas of finance, legal, outreach, and legislative advocacy. As a startup nonprofit, I drew on my political, congressional, business and marketing background to create an effective non-profit advocacy organization. By understanding the media and public relations principles, I was able to tailor our message to maximize exposure for our cause. Personal stories can be heart wrenching, but understanding how those stories will impact a legislator is critical for successful advocacy. By knowing the mind of a legislator, I understand their need for hard facts, statistics, and financial impact which allows a ‘package' to be produced to advance the cause. I led the effort to create that ‘package.' By establishing a centralized management structure, I was able to build the organization from the ground up. I hired staff to complement my skills and developed a strategic approach to assess the legislative landscape. My background and experience enabled me to quickly launch our non-profit as a ‘player' and we accomplished in one year what others might take five years to accomplish.
As Chief of Staff for Bill Luther I ran a tight ship with a professional staff focused on promoting the interests of Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. I helped develop several bills including the "Bleacher Safety Act" and the "Help Equip Local Police (HELP)" Act. Through my efforts we persuaded the General Accounting Office (GAO) to conduct a comprehensive study on the high cost of a college education. I directed efforts to secure an additional $15 million for the Wakota Bridge and I was also credited with bringing diverse and oftentimes antagonistic interests together to negotiate a consensus solution to the decade's long impasse over a new Stillwater Bridge. I was named "Person of the Year' by the Stillwater Gazette for that effort.
My temperament allows me to work with a variety of people. That proved helpful with the Stillwater Bridge impasse, and also allowed me to be successful in my work with two Members of Congress with very different personalities and approaches. My approach is to run an organization with an understanding that it's a marathon, not a sprint.
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