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.
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.