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Humphrey School names former State Department official to advisory council

Five new members of the Advisory Council include former Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Thomas Nides and Skip Humphrey.

Thomas Nides, former deputy U.S. secretary of  state under President Obama, is one of five new members of  the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Advisory Council at the University of Minnesota.

Two of the five — former Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey and former Minnesota Finance Commissioner Jay Kiedrowski — have served on the council in the past.

The advisory council, made up of dozens of prominent people from the political, business and legal worlds, advises Dean Eric Schwartz on policies and programs.

Nides is a U of M alum who worked after graduation on the presidential campaign of former Vice President Walter Mondale (another Humphrey Advisory Council member).

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Nides then worked on Capitol Hill, serving as chief of staff to U. S. Rep. Tony Coelho, executive assistant to House Speaker Tom Foley and as chief of staff to U.S. trade representative Mickey Cantor during the Clinton Administration.

He served as seputy secretary of state between 2010 and 2012, working for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He supervised the State Department’s budget and played a major role in U.S. overseas operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

He is currently vice chairman of Morgan Stanley. Earlier this year, President Obama appointed Nides as chairman of the board of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.

Humphrey School Dean Schwartz said of Nides:

“I had the distinct pleasure of working with Tom Nides at the State Department before my own transition to the Humphrey School, and he is a public affairs professional of enormous energy, commitment and effectiveness. His work in both government and the corporate sectors will provide us with enormous perspective on the opportunities for public-private collaborations.”

Here’s what the Humphrey School says about the other new council members:

  • Hubert H. Humphrey III, senior liaison officer for the Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A returning member of the Humphrey School Advisory Council, Hubert “Skip” Humphrey served as attorney general of Minnesota from 1983 to 1999.
  • Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School. Also a returning member of the Advisory Council, he has served in several senior state and municipal roles, including as Minnesota commissioner of finance. Prior to joining the Humphrey School in 2004, he was executive vice president at Wells Fargo and Company.
  • Paul Stembler, cooperative development director at the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA), the primary cooperative purchasing arm of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). He earned his M.A. at the Humphrey School and served 30 years with the Minnesota Department of Administration.
  • Eric Anderson, vice president of development for Ryan Cos. Anderson has a wide range of development experience in the private and public sectors relating to senior living, and graduated with an M.A. from the Humphrey School in 1987.