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OUR TEAM

Stephanie Devitt

Stephanie Devitt is a veteran strategist known for her keen understanding of how different policy issues come together to impact people. She is respected for careful listening that unearths community insights and thoughtful processes that bring unity to diverse coalitions. 

Almost two decades of consulting in community engagement, public outreach and multi-communications has left her with an understanding of the unique and common threads across issues like healthcare and public health, public sector management, water and natural resources, Native sovereignty, redistricting, workforce development, agriculture, housing, corrections and transportation.  Now, Stephanie applies these experiences to help clients build trust, engage communities, and lead change for more just and equitable programs, policies and initiatives. 

Stephanie holds a bachelor of science in Sociology and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Her multi-national research with Dr. Jeff Broadbent on the role of advocacy networks in adopting climate change policy was at the forefront network mapping in academia. Board leadership roles have included serving on Hennepin Healthcare's Mission Advancement Committee, Vail Place, Women's Foundation of Minnesota, Humphrey Alumni Mentoring and chairing the parent volunteer committee for her daughter's school. 

Free time is best spent with her husband, Jay and their two young children. Stephanie also loves to relax with gardening, catching up with friends (when vaccines will allow), and plotting home improvement projects.

 

Kenz Becco

Kenz Becco joined the SDK team as a Communications+Engagement Consultant in September 2021. They specialize in bringing together science, policy, and community lived-experience to better understand and address complex public issues.

 

Prior to joining SDK, Kenz led outreach and communication strategy for the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance, where they became known for crafting creative engagement, building understanding across stakeholder groups, and translating complex science into meaningful messages. They also served on the Equity Committee for the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative Collaborative.

 

Kenz has a M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy with a minor in Water Resource Sciences from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Their most recent academic research, completed at the University of Massachusetts, focused on environmental governance, social capital, social networks, and water resource management.

 

Their systems perspective started in the ecological sciences with a B.A. in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and subsequent aquatic fieldwork with the University of Washington’s Alaska Salmon Program, Center for Conservation Biology, and Friday Harbor Laboratories, among others.

 

During their free time, Kenz enjoys being in nature with their spouse and dogs, volunteering, listening to podcasts, and contemplating systems of belonging.