North Star Policy Institute is a progressive think tank that advances awareness and discussion about state-level public policies. We produce original research, articles, reports, and commentaries that center the priorities of Minnesota’s working people and families.
Our vision for Minnesota is a state where:
- Working families get ahead instead of just getting by;
- All Minnesotans have the opportunity to succeed in the changing economy;
- Smart investments in public services and infrastructure support healthy and connected communities.
Katie Hatt, Executive Director
Katie joined North Star Policy Institute in November 2017. She brings over a decade of experience in various policy-focused roles with local, regional, and state government. She has also served as a consultant to transportation and public health advocacy coalitions as well as local and national foundations. Katie is a graduate of the Minneapolis Public Schools and the University of Minnesota.
Jeff Van Wychen, Tax Policy Fellow
Jeff has been a consultant to local government and labor organizations on state and local government finance issues and a Senior Research Analyst in the Dayton administration. In addition, Jeff has been a policy analyst for various Minnesota local governments. Jeff received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.