The 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. To view our strategic plan, click here. To view our most recent 990 report, click here. To see our policy regarding corporate support, click here.

Staff

Marnie Werner
Interim Executive Director
Kelly Asche
Research Associate

 

Board of Directors

Steve Wenzel
Chair
Central Lakes College
Brainerd

Vacant
Vice Chair

Dave Ladd
Secretary/Treasurer
RDL Associates LLC
Woodbury
Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News
Benson
Eunice Biel
Harmony
Anna Boroff
MN Cable Communications Association
St. Paul
Dave Chura
Minnesota Power
Duluth
Patrick Costello
Attorney
Lakefield
Richard Davenport
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato
Dawn Hegland
Upper Minnesota Valley RDC
Appleton
Tim Houle
Crow Wing County Administrator
Brainerd
Mary Kiffmeyer
Minnesota Senate
Big Lake
Anne Klein
Pine City
William McCormack
The Schwan Food Co. (retired);
Schwan’s Development Co.;
Schwan’s Venture Group Inc.
Marshall
Kevin Paap
Minnesota Farm Bureau
Garden City
Mark Phillips
Commissioner
Iron Range Resources &
Rehabilitation Board
Joe Schomacker
Minnesota House of Representatives
Luverne
Tony Sertich
Northland Foundation
Duluth
Tim Velde
Minnesota Farmers Union
Granite Falls
Ron Zeigler
Community Economic Development Association
Chatfield