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.
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.
Andy has been working with SDK to provide technical project coordination and execution for several years, bringing a strong background in digital marketing communications. In this role, Andy manages customer relationship management systems, StoryMaps, online events, and other tech needed to facilitate engagement on behalf of clients. 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.
Andy is an active professional networker and has served leadership terms at the Minnesota Health Strategy & Communications Network (MHSCN) and Brooklyn Center Business Association (BCBA). He and wife Carolyn volunteer with sports and fine arts parent booster groups at Robbinsdale Cooper High School. They have two sons in high school and college.
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.