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Carissa Slotterback

Lead Project Advisor

Carissa is the associate dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is an associate professor in the school’s Urban and Regional Planning area, and has been a member of the Humphrey School faculty for 13 years. Carissa previously served as director of research engagement in the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

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Kate Conners

Project Director

Kate's experience in television news and as a documentary filmmaker provided her the foundation of investigation and concept visualization. Serving both in public education and higher education for the last 20 years developing and creating educational materials, her MaED research was focused on Virtual Learning Environments and the design of immersive educational experiences. Kate serves as the director of technology enhanced learning at the Humphrey School and provides ongoing support around the technical infrastructure and content creation workflows for Hubert Project.

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Becca Beets

Digital Communications Manager

As the digital communications manager for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Civios, Becca makes public policy more accessible and engaging. She develops content and communications strategies, and translates research for public and professional audiences. Becca previously led the digital communications efforts at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, and prior to moving to Minnesota worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. She holds an MS in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Humphrey School and a BA in neuroscience and government from Smith College.

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Linda Dick

Technical Director

Linda is an experienced technologist who spent her early career developing software and leading website design projects for a range of organizations, and has served in a variety of technical roles at the University of Minnesota since emigrating from the United Kingdom in 2009. She loves helping people solve their real-world problems through the practical application of technology and is honored to pursue this work as Director of Information Technology at Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Manchester in the UK.

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Advisory Board

  • Andrea Cournoyer

    Director of Communications

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Mark Erickson

    Director of Finance

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Yingling Fan

    Associate Professor

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Gwen Freed

    Director of Development

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Barbara Frey

    Director, Human Rights Program

    College of Liberal Arts

  • Robert Johns

    Senior Fellow

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Greg Lindsey


    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Jodi Sandfort


    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Olivia Schares

    STEP Coordinator

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Laura Bloomberg


    Humphrey School of Public Affairs