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. 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.