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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-channel 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, and plotting home improvement projects.

Matthew Rezac

Matthew Rezac is an adjunct professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a practicing graphic designer. He began design consulting in 2006 after completing a two-year design fellowship at the Walker Art Center. Select clients include Blu Dot, Chronicle Books, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Northern Lights, and Weisman Art Museum. Matthew was part of the team that created and led Northern Spark, an annual all-night art festival leverages urban spaces in the Twin Cities, including transportation assets like the Green Line, to create unique experiences. His work has received numerous honors and awards including both the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers and AIGA 365 Awards and has been published in HOW, Idea, Print, and STEP magazines.

Jacob Wasculas

Jacob is an experienced researcher who examines quality-of-life issues through a mixed-methods approach.

For more than a dozen years Jacob has blended quantitative and qualitative analysis, interviews with subject-matter experts, primary data collection, and geospatial analysis to better understand the conditions that affect the well-being of Minnesotans and the health of the environments they live in. Most recently, he worked as a research scientist at Wilder Research, a researcher and writer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and a community GIS researcher at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

He has written dozens of articles on topics ranging from transportation and affordable housing to economic and workforce development, and he has contributed chapters to books about local data systems and the economic opportunity of regional food networks. His writing has appeared in MinnPost, the Minneapolis Fed’s Community Dividend as well as books published by the Urban Institute, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Community Indicators Consortium. 

Jacob holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs as well a bachelor’s degree in English literature from James Madison University.

When he’s not seeking answers to life's tough questions, Jacob feeds his pizza obsession by scheming up plans to build a wood-fired oven in his backyard. In his ideal reality, he’d top his pizzas with wild mushrooms he foraged earlier that day. 

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