The Minnesota public, informed.
We are a nonpartisan resource for workers, advocates, policymakers, and media. We strive for research and analysis that works for everyone at every stage of life. Working people inform our work, and we produce work of value and use.
We believe that government can make our lives better, and that all Minnesotans deserve the opportunity to succeed. We promote smart investments in public services that all of us rely on. We advance awareness about policies that help working families get ahead instead of just getting by.
Because all Minnesotans deserve the opportunity to succeed in the changing economy, not just the wealthy few.
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 governments. 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
Fiscal Policy Fellow
Jeff Van Wychen is currently the tax & fiscal policy fellow at the North Star Policy Institute. Jeff has been a consultant to local government and labor organizations on state and local government finance issues and Senior Research Analyst in the Dayton administration. In addition, Jeff has also been a policy analyst for various Minnesota local governments. Jeff received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.
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.
Energy Policy Fellow & Managing Editor
Peter joined North Star Policy Institute in January 2018. His career includes stops in energy software, solar entrepreneurship, climate journalism, and political organizing. He is an attorney, a writer, and an avid reader. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their Irish Setter, Watts. He is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Minnesota.