Meet Our Team
Stephanie Fenner is the Executive Director of North Star Policy Institute. Before that, she served as Deputy Director at Alliance for a Better Minnesota, where she coordinated electoral and issue polling and research. Stephanie served as ABM's Research Director for four years prior to her promotion. Stephanie has also worked as an undergraduate researcher on international issues while at Macalester, and is currently seeking a post-graduate certificate from the University of Connecticut.
Jeff Van Wychen
Fiscal Policy Fellow
Jeff Van Wychen is currently the tax & fiscal policy fellow at the North Star Policy Institute. For most of the last sixteen years, Jeff has been a consultant to various local government and labor organizations on state and local government finance issues. In addition, Jeff was a Senior Research Analyst in the Dayton administration for two years and a research fellow for Minnesota 2020 for four years. During his 30 year career, Jeff has also been an intergovernmental policy analyst for the City of Minneapolis and the League of Minnesota Cities. Jeff received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1984.
Health Care Fellow
Patrick Benner is North Star Policy Institute's Health Care Fellow. He worked at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for two years, focusing on quality improvement projects for the City of Philadelphia’s health centers. Patrick graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014, and received a Master’s of Public Health degree from Drexel University in 2016.