Members of Matt Entenza’s Leadership Team are:
G. Paul Beaumaster — G. Paul Beaumaster has served as Rice County Attorney since 2000 following positions in the Isanti County Attorney’s office. He has prosecuted some of the most serious felonies in Rice County, and continually provides training to law enforcement agencies in the area.
Kelly Doran — A successful businessman from Duluth, Kelly Doran has served as President of the construction and development firm Robert Muir Company. Following a run for Minnesota Governor in 2006, Doran founded and currently runs his own commercial development, construction and management group Doran Companies. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Carlson School of Business.
Jeff Edblad — Jeff Edblad has served as Isanti County Attorney since 1995. He has served on the board of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association and on the Association’s Peace Officer Training Committee. Edblad received the Julius Gernes Prosecutor Award of Excellence in 2008, recognizing his outstanding service and career in public law.
David Fisher — David Fisher served as Commissioner of Administration under Governor Jesse Ventura from 1998 through 2002, and has a had a long career as a senior level business and legal advisor for Minnesota companies, nonprofits and government agencies. Among numerous prestigious positions, he has served on the board of ClearWay Minnesota, which seeks to improve the health of Minnesotans by reducing tobacco use, and Senior Community Services, which strives to meet the needs of older Minnesotans and their caregivers.
Susan Gaertner — A nationally recognized expert on DNA forensic evidence, Susan Gaertner has served as Ramsey County Attorney since 1995 and is the only woman to hold the office. She has tried cases and established award-winning programs that address domestic abuse, curb absenteeism in public schools, and educate the public about the dangers and consequences of meth abuse.
David Genereaux — David Genereaux has served as Mayor of the western Minnesota city of Crookston since 2007. He played a significant role in the construction of the Crookston Sports Center, a complex that spurs the local economy by bringing out-state and out-of-state families to regional sports tournaments.
John Hottinger — John Hottinger served a distinguished career in the Minnesota Senate from 1991 to 2007, and was Senate Majority Leader in 2003. Known as an effective legislator, Hottinger is widely respected for working with both DFL and Republican lawmakers, and successfully pushing legislation on issues such as early childhood development, property tax relief and local government aid.
David Jennings — David Jennings has long been a leader in both the public and private sectors in the state of Minnesota. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives as a Republican from 1979 through 1987, and was the Speaker of the House in his last two years in office. Since his departure, Jennings served as Commissioner of Commerce under Governor Jesse Ventura and has worked for the Minnesota Historical Society. Following his position as interim Superintendent of the Minneapolis School District from 2002 through 2004, Jennings became Superintendent of the Chaska School District.
Ramon Leon — Ramon Leon has been a prominent leader in the Latino community in Minneapolis for several years, and currently serves as Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center. This far-reaching organization brings together over 300 businesses in south Minneapolis to provide leadership and development advice, conduits for Latino businesses to access other institutions such as banks, foundations and government agencies, and encourage development into new markets in the Twin Cities and rural Minnesota. Leon has also played vital roles in the founding and development of the Cooperative Mercado Central, the revitalization of Lake Street in Midtown Minneapolis and the Midtown Global Market.
Nekima Levy-Pounds — Nekima Levy-Pounds is an associate professor at University of St Thomas School of Law and the director of the Community Justice Project, a university organization that encourages students to use the law as a tool to advance the cause of social justice in distressed communities of color. She regularly serves as criminal justice and civil rights consultant to local community groups and organizations, a commentator in local media, and a lecturer and presenter in national and international forums.
Tim Mahoney — A native of St Paul’s greater east side, Tim Mahoney has served as the area’s State Representative since 1999. He currently chairs the House Biosciences and Emerging Technology Committee and is a member of several House finance, labor and workforce committees. Mahoney attended St Paul’s Harding High School and graduated from St Paul Technical College as a union pipefitter.
Clayton McNeff — A prominent Minnesota business leader, Clayton McNeff is the mind behind the innovative and groundbreaking McGyan process for using non-food sources, such as algae, to produce biodiesel. He has co-authored extensive research literature on zirconia-based processes and has worked for the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. McNeff is a graduate of Augsburg College and holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Pat Mellenthin — Marshall, MN native Pat Mellenthin has served in the ARC of Minnesota organization since 2002 and is currently the Executive Director for the state-wide, private nonprofit. ARC of Minnesota supports and advocates for citizens of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to help them choose how they want to live, lean, work and play.
Gordon Moore — Gordon Moore has served as Nobles County Attorney since 2003 where he has focused his work on public safety, serious crimes and cases involving sexual abuse. Moore is an active participant in the Worthington, MN community as a board member and volunteer at the Worthington Area YMCA, a coach in several youth sports, and a leader at the local First United Methodist Church.
Will Munger — Will Munger is a small business owner, committed environmentalist and community leader from Duluth and is an active member of environmental organizations such as Visit Duluth, Save Lake Superior Association, St. Louis River Alliance and the Spirit Mountain Authority Board. In the past, he has worked as both a field representative for March of Dimes and the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He currently serves as a board member of Clean Water Action, a national organization devoted to protecting America’s waters.
Betsy O’Berry — Betsy O’Berry has been a highly active member and participant in the Minnesota DFL party for over 20 years, and is a past President of the DFL Feminist Caucus. She has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 26 years and has served in community and professional organizations such as the American Woman’s Society, Business Democrats and the League of Women Voters.
Kent Pekel — Following a long history in public education, Kent Pekel currently serves as Executive Director of the College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota. The Consortium works with E-12 educators, school districts, organizers and businesses to enhance E-12 education systems in Minnesota, prepare youth for higher education, and close the achievement gap for underrepresented groups. Pekel has also headed the creation of the State Alliance for High Performance through America’s Choice, Inc, an initiative seeking to raise student achievement. Pekel has worked in the US Department of Education, State Department, White House and taught English in Wuhan, China.
Gene Pelowski — A Winona resident, Gene Pelowski has served as the area’s State Representative since 1987 and still teaches history at Winona Senior High School. He has been recognized and praised throughout the state for his innovative teaching style, and is a leader in the effort to incorporate technology into Minnesota’s classrooms.
Sue Perpich — Daughter of the late Governor Rudy Perpich, Sue Perpich is a long standing community activist and promoter of progressive causes throughout the state of Minnesota, particularly in the northern Iron Range. Her father, known as a colorful politician, served three terms as Minnesota’s Governor and played a prominent role in expanding Minnesota into an increasingly global economy.
Barbra Peterson — Barbra Peterson is long-standing advocate for women’s rights of all kinds, and is currently Vice President of Minnesota NOW. The organization proposes legislation, creates policy, lobbies legislators, organizes speakers, rallies and informational sessions, and backs candidates in support of advancing women’s rights in the state.
Janet Reiter — Janet Reiter has served as Chisago County Attorney since 2007. She worked for three years in St. Paul as a prosecutor in domestic abuse cases, and has held positions in the Chisago and Washington County Attorney offices. Prior to her election as Chisago County Attorney, Reiter prosecuted juvenile delinquency cases and represented social services in child protection matters.
Gary Revier — Gary Revier is a retired businessman who is currently serving his third term as the mayor of Redwood Falls, MN. He has been an active leader in that community since the age of 23 when he was first elected to city council. He has also served as Redwood Falls school board member, chamber of commerce director and president, bank director and public utilities commissioner.
El Tinklenberg — El Tinklenberg served as Mayor of Blaine, Minnesota from 1987 through 1996 and played a crucial role in the construction of the National Sports Center. During this time he earned a reputation as an expert on transportation and infrastructure issues in the north metro area. He was Commissioner of Transportation under Governor Jesse Ventura from 1998 through 2002. He was a facilitator and champion for state highway improvements, more efficient commuter information services, and the Hiawatha and Northstar Corridor light rail projects.
Lee Pao Xiong — Lee Pao Xiong has worked on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders as an appointee under President Clinton. He has also represented the City of St. Paul, City of Lauderdale and City of Falcon Heights on the Metropolitan Council as an appointee of former Minnesota Governor Jesses Ventura. Xiong is currently the director of the Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University in St. Paul, and is the chair and founder of the Asian Development Corporation and the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse.