Staff

Sandfort_Jodi_2015Jodi Sandfort, founder and academic director  (MSW, PhD), brings to the Project expertise in public policy and professional education, engaged pedagogy, and social science research. As the Project’s academic director, she elevates the visibility of the Project, facilitates training and workshops on interactive teaching and learning and helps foster partnerships to grow the Project. As a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Dr. Sandfort teaches master’s-level courses in public policy implementation, organizational management, government-NGO relationships, and program evaluation. Her research expertise focuses in social welfare programs and implementation skill, and she has authored e-cases and video briefs for the Collection around these topics.

 

kconnersKate Conners, technology director (MaED) – After serving 11 years as a news director at NBC, Kate began working in the field of education. Her experience 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.

 

Stephanie Jacobs, Kresge Foundation grant manager  Stephanie is director of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC), a community that creates and nurtures excellence in public affairs management and leadership at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the PNLC, Stephanie was program director at the Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Previously, she was director of member services at the Minnesota Council on Foundations and consulting associate with Fieldstone Alliance. Stephanie is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She participated in the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Leadership Institute and is an active volunteer in the Minnesota nonprofit community.

 

Becca Beets, project manager  Becca divides her time between two roles at the University of Minnesota, working on all-things digital. She is a digital communications specialist at the College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as project manager for the Humphrey School’s digital repositories. Her background is in science policy, with a focus on interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Becca spent four years working in the science-policy nexus at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She holds a master’s degree in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Humphrey School.



Frank Alarcon photoFrank Alarcon, research assistant 
Frank began his work at the Hubert Project and his Master of Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School in the Fall of 2016. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in the Community Economic Development sector in rural El Salvador for two years. He also brings private-sector experience to his role at the Hubert Project, having worked in business development in the Minnesota office of a Danish software company. Frank is a graduate in Political Science of the University of Chicago, and is interested in how inclusive urban planning can promote social justice, reduce inequality, and make cities safer and more livable for everyone.

 

Project Advisors:
Dr. Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong
Dr. Laura Bloomberg, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Dr. John Bryson, Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Stephanie Haddad, Assistant Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

 

In addition to formal staff, the Project exists because of the dynamic and growing network of public affairs instructors and seasoned consultants globally creating and sharing interactive learning materials.