Kyle Bozentko, Executive Director – As Executive Director of the Jefferson Center, Kyle brings a decade of political strategy and public policy experience to building the collaborative partnerships necessary for developing and implementing successful civic engagement projects. As the Jefferson Center’s primary public representative, he communicates our mission with clarity and works directly with media partners, community leaders, partner organizations, policy experts, participants and staff to maximize project impact. Kyle received his BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN and his Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) from the Boston University School of Theology with an emphasis on sociology of religion and politics. His research interests include public opinion research, health and economic policy and social movements.
Larry Pennings, Associate Director – After working with Ned Crosby for seven years designing agendas, Larry is one of the most knowledgeable practitioners of the Citizens Jury model. He plans deliberative procedures that help participants in a Citizens Jury think critically about the information they receive in order to generate well-reasoned conclusions. He trains and supervises moderators and oversees the complex details involved in managing an event. Utilizing his skills at helping groups function effectively, Larry optimizes the experience for jurors and provides managerial leadership for ongoing operations of the Jefferson Center.
Dawn Dettinger, Project Administrator – Dawn manages the Jefferson Center’s administrative functions and provides support during project planning and implementation. She also works in communications and administration with the Vessey Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, which has earned Best Chapter Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She grew up working in a family-run restaurant/hotel business, eventually serving as general manager. Dawn is a St. Paul native and graduate of Metropolitan State University.
Andrew Rockway, Program Associate – Andrew supports the work of the Directors by providing pertinent policy research, developing grant proposals, assisting with event organization and facilitation, and managing online and print communications. He is interested in extending deliberative and participatory methods of citizen engagement to new issue areas. Andrew recently earned a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he focused on policy analysis and environmental policy.
Board of Directors
Ned Crosby has devoted his career to inventing, testing and implementing democratic reforms. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1973. In 1974 he established the Jefferson Center for New Democratic Processes, and in 2003 founded the organization now known as Jefferson Action. Ned also serves as a part time staff person and consultant for the organization.
Pat Benn, retired teacher and union leader
Paul Becker, partner, Ironwood Software
Tom Eckstein (Chair), partner, Arundel Street Consulting
Judith Healey, philanthropic consultant and author
Matthew Holm, Deputy Executive Director, African Development Center
Greg Halagan, Jeffrey Slocum & Associates