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Dan Loritz (EPFP 79-80)

MN EPFP Co-Coordinator 1994-Present;
Senior Fellow and President,
Center for Policy Design


Dan Loritz's career in public policy spans four decades. He served fifteen years in Minnesota state government in a variety of leadership roles. He was a senior policy analyst, director of government relations and an assistant commissioner of education in the Department of Education and an assistant commissioner for state policy coordination in the State Planning Agency. He also served Governor Rudy Perpich, Minnesota's longest service Governor, as his director of governmental relations and as his deputy chief of staff.

Following his government service he served 18 years as the vice president of university relations at Hamline University. He is currently a senior fellow at, and President of, the Center for Policy Design.


Randy Johnson (EPFP 77-78)
MN EPFP Co-Coordinator 2011-Present

For more than three decades Randy Johnson has worked in a variety of educational settings in elementary, secondary, and higher education organizations as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. During the past decade, Randy has been assisting in the planning, development and application of various information technologies at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, the Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, JAPAN (2000-2004) and at Daystar University in Nairobi, KENYA (2005). He was a faculty member from 2002-2007 at Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, in their Schools of Education and Management.

While teaching at the University of Minnesota and in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Randy was involved in the very earliest application of "computers in the classroom” for teaching mathematics. As Randy also planned and designed many facilities and implemented several programs for the use of computers and multi-media technologies in all subject areas when he served an assistant superintendent for instruction and as a technology consultant for two of the largest school districts in Minnesota. As an Educational Instructional Specialist for the International Business Machine Corporation, Randy assisted in the development of software applications for IBM school and university related products. He made presentations and conducted workshops throughout the U.S, in Europe and the former Soviet Union.

At the Minnesota Department of Education, he worked in the area of school district organization. Randy has served on a local school board and was chairperson of the Metro Minnesota Educational Cooperative Board of Directors. Leadership and Organizational Change has been a focus of Randy's interests both within academic communities and in the private sector. Randy was a member of the 1977-1978 Minnesota EPFP class.


Tim McDonald (EPFP 10-11)
MN EPFP Co-Coordinator 2011-Present;
Senior Fellow,
Center for Policy Design


Tim McDonald is a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Design where he directs its Healthcare Intelligence Project, an applied-research initiative co-chaired by Alain Enthoven and Walt McClure to advance a consumer-driven policy strategy for America’s ongoing health system reform.

He has research associations at two universities: the University of Miami’s newly-established Institute for the Americas and at Harvard University, where he studied under Joe Newhouse and graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2014. He has been awarded a Global Education Policy Fellowship from the Institute for Educational Leadership, and a Dukakis Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School.

His research focuses on general theory and methods for designing large social systems, with particular application to health and education systems; and American health services research. His 2011 book Unsustainable: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable has been used by state legislatures to shape their education reform agendas.


Krista Kaput (EPFP 16-17)
MN EPFP Co-Coordinator 2017-2018;
Policy and Research,
Education Evolving


Krista has spent her career focusing on education equity issues. She spent three years in Chicago where she worked as a Special Education and Mathematics teacher and completed her Teach for America (TFA) commitment. She has also held summer fellowships with TFA, New Sector Alliance, the Institute for Educational Leadership, and Minneapolis Public Schools.

Krista began working with Education Evolving in 2016. In addition to her primary assignment covering the charter sector of public education, Krista will also be focusing on federal and state policy barriers to innovation, measures of student achievement beyond test scores, and governance arrangements for large urban school districts. 

Krista earned a BA from the University of Chicago and a M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. She currently lives in Minneapolis where she serves on the board for Augsburg Fairview Academy and as the Executive Director for Books on Wings.

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