Steve Kelley – Co-chair
Steve Kelley is a senior fellow at the Humphrey School. He served in the Minnesota Senate from January 1997 through December 2006 and the Minnesota House of Representatives from January 1993 through December 1996. He was chair of the Senate Education Committee for four years. He has also run for statewide office.
Communications Director, Office for the Vice President of Research
Dan leads OVPR’s communications department, which plans, coordinates, and implements communications strategies that highlight the importance of the U of M’s research enterprise and its role as a partner in economic development and technological advancements. He advises the vice president for research and his executive leadership on communications and government relations and assists with issue management related to research for OVPR and the University. He previously served the University as a speechwriter to two presidents, federal relations coordinator, and Extension program coordinator. He holds two policy-related degrees from Stanford University.
As Executive Director, Rolf is responsible for the operation, integration, and performance of the Institute, and in fulfilling the University of Minnesota’s applied research role in natural resource management and economic development as chartered by the Minnesota Legislature in 1983.