Kyle Bozentko, Executive Director – As Executive Director of the Jefferson Center and Jefferson Action, Kyle brings a decade of political strategy and public policy experience to building the collaborative partnerships so necessary for developing and implementing successful 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 a 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.
Nathanael Smith, Communications and Research Associate – Nathanael works on communication for the Jefferson Center, making sure that our message is clearly and effectively presented in both electronic and print formats. He also assists Kyle in policy research to support the development of fair agendas. At events, Nathanael keeps his cool under pressure as he manages technical details such as audio-visual, live-streaming, audience response technology and recording jury work products to support their deliberations. Nathanael is a recent graduate from Macalester College in St. Paul where he majored in Political Science.
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
Douglas A. Johnson (on leave), Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government