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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.


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;
Research Director,


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. As the Research Director EdAllies, Krista leads efforts to use data to tell stories about Minnesota's E-12 landscape from an asset-based, equity lens. She also leads efforts on college and career readiness, teacher preparation, and data transparency. 
Krista earned a BA from the University of Chicago and a M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. She is currently working on her Master's in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, where she received the John E. Brandl Leadership Fellowship and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Award. 


John Ward (EPFP 05-06)
MN EPFP Co-Coordinator 2018-Present

John Ward

John has 28 years of experience in public education. The last 25 with the Mounds View Public Schools in a variety of leadership roles including General Counsel, Director of Secondary Schools and Director of H.R. and Operations. He currently serves as  District Assistant Superintendent. He serves as a board member for the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Through the Institute for Educational Leadership IEL John was a 2005-06 Minnesota Education Policy Fellow and a 2012-13 Senior Policy Fellow through the Global Education Policy Fellowship traveling to China.

John has a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. John’s University, MN,  his Juris Doctorate  from William Mitchell College of Law and a Ph.D in Organizational Leadership from the University of Minnesota.


Troy Haugen (EPFP 19-20)
MN EPFP Co-Coordinator 2019-Present


Troy Haugen currently serves as the Director of Career & College Readiness at Lakes Country Service Cooperative in Fergus Falls.  In these roles, Troy administers the Carl Perkins grant for 26 school districts in west-central Minnesota as well as coordinates the efforts of a collaborative of eight school districts, five county agencies, the community action agency, and multiple heath care and other nonprofits towards creating an equitable, seamless web of services for our families.  Troy is a licensed teacher, school principal and superintendent and has been in education for over 20 years.  Troy has also served as an adjunct instructor of graduate education.  He has a special interest in teacher licensure, alternative pathways to licensure, education policy, rural education, and equity in education.  Troy, his wife Tiffany, and four children (daughters Ella and Grace, and twin sons Evan & Benjamin) live near Rollag, Minnesota.  

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