CRPD Staff 2020The Center for Rural Policy and Development is a non-partisan, not-for-profit policy research organization dedicated to benefiting Minnesota by providing its policy makers with unbiased information and evaluation of issues from a rural perspective.

The Center’s board members come from all over the state, representing a variety of interests. Thirteen are appointed by the Governor and two are appointed by the House and Senate leadership; all members represent different aspects of rural Minnesota. Remaining members consist of five at-large positions chosen by the board members themselves.

The board works closely with staff to help guide the direction of the Center, to set research priorities, and to help make the Center a presence in the rural policy community.

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Major Funding Provided By:

blandin foundationmcknight foundationmn department of agriculturemn employment and economic development

Equity & Inclusion Statement
The Center for Rural Policy and Development is dedicated to making Minnesota a better place. We will not tolerate injustice. We are committed to the equitable treatment and inclusion of all people and to building on the strengths of our differences. We will not reach our full potential as a society until we live up to the ideal that all people are created equal.
The board of directors and staff of the Center for Rural Policy and Development support and foster a positive and inclusive society by 1) upholding the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, 2) speaking against injustice, and 3) rejecting all forms of discrimination. Our values will inform our work. 
Employment statement
The Center for Rural Policy and Development is an equal opportunity employer.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are only words unless everyone can feel supported, welcomed, and treated with dignity and respect. Therefore, the Center for Rural Policy and Development does not discriminate in recruitment, retention, or promotion.