Jodi Sandfort, founder and academic director (MSW, PhD)
Jodi brings to the Project expertise in public policy and professional education, engaged pedagogy, and social science research. As the Project’s academic director, she elevates the visibility of the Project, facilitates training and workshops on interactive teaching and learning and helps foster partnerships to grow the Project. As a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Dr. Sandfort teaches master’s-level courses in public policy implementation, organizational management, government-NGO relationships, and program evaluation. Her research expertise focuses in social welfare programs and implementation skill, and she has authored e-cases and video briefs for the Collection around these topics.
Kate Conners, technology director (MaED)
After serving 11 years as a news director at NBC, Kate began working in the field of education. Her experience as a documentary filmmaker provided her the foundation of investigation and concept visualization. Serving both in public education and higher education for the last 20 years developing and creating educational materials, her MaED research was focused on Virtual Learning Environments and the design of immersive educational experiences. Kate serves as the director of technology enhanced learning at the Humphrey School and provides ongoing support around the technical infrastructure and content creation workflows for Hubert Project.
Becca Beets, digital communications manager
As the digital communications manager for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Civios, Becca makes public policy more accessible and engaging. She develops content and communications strategies, and translates research for public and professional audiences. Becca previously led the digital communications efforts at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, and prior to moving to Minnesota worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. She holds an MS in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Humphrey School and a BA in neuroscience and government from Smith College.
Frank Alarcon, research assistant
Frank began his work at the Hubert Project and his Master of Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School in the Fall of 2016. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in the Community Economic Development sector in rural El Salvador for two years. He also brings private-sector experience to his role at the Hubert Project, having worked in business development in the Minnesota office of a Danish software company. Frank is a graduate in Political Science of the University of Chicago, and is interested in how inclusive urban planning can promote social justice, reduce inequality, and make cities safer and more livable for everyone.
- Dr. John Bryson, Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
- Stephanie Haddad, Assistant Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
- Dr. Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong
- Dr. Carissa Slotterback, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
In addition to formal staff, the Project exists because of the dynamic and growing network of public affairs instructors and seasoned consultants globally creating and sharing interactive learning materials.