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OUR TEAM

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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-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.

 

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Elise Ryan

Elise Ryan is a passionate and innovative civic leader putting vision and strategy in action to positively impact people, communities, and organizations. With over 15 years in local government, serving as Chanhassen Mayor, Councilwoman, and a Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Elise specializes in public policy and community engagement ensuring positive change, while creating a culture of inclusion. Elise has also served on numerous boards including the Southwest Metro Transit Commission, National Civic League, Minnetonka School District’s Community Action for Student Educations (CASE) and Tonka Cares.  With a diverse set of organizations, she has led various initiatives involving infrastructure funding, transportation, economic growth and development, park/open spaces planning, and education advocacy. Elise has a keen understanding of the policy decision-making process and the relationship between internal and external stakeholders as well as the value of public-private partnerships.

 

Prior to Elise’s experience in local government, she spent 15 successful years in the private sector as a marketing communications professional for organizations such as Acumen Solutions, Target, Inc., and Nike. Elise holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Oregon from where she received the Becky L. Sisley Award for Leadership in Service in 2019.

 

Elise lives in Chanhassen with her husband and two daughters - spending most of her time in rinks around the state cheering on her daughters’ hockey teams. Elise loves the outdoors and lake time with family and friends.

 

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James Schueneman

James joined SDK as a Consulting Associate in February of 2022, and assists with engagement, communications, and project management. He specializes in connecting spaces, communities, and the built environment to understand and communicate the complex issues of the world.  

Before coming to SDK, James worked with Omaha Public Schools’ Making Invisible Histories Visible program to teach middle and high school students about Omaha’s immigration history, as well as equitable community development and engagement. He also worked in strategic communications for Emspace + Lovgren, assisting clients with outreach and communication campaigns.  

James graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Urban Studies, Geography, and Public Interest Design, and is proficient in French. His broad focus of study and experience with mapping and ArcGIS allow him to apply an intersectional and spatial lens to a number of issues in the urban environment. 

In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, cooking new recipes, and exploring new neighborhoods and cities on foot and on transit. 

 

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Andy Meyer

Andy has been working with SDK to provide technical project coordination and execution for several years. In this role, Andy supports client projects by coordinating SDK’s communications systems like HubSpot and list-building, Zoom management, printer coordination, and some content drafting. He also provides social media strategy and social media monitoring, always at the forefront of executing smart new social media and tech-based communications strategies.

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.