Caucus Interview Group
- Biographical Statements -
John S. Adams
-- John Adams is an emeritus
faculty member at the Humphrey School and in the University of Minnesota
geography department. He researches issues relating to North American
cities, urban housing markets and housing policy, and regional economic
development in the United States and the former Soviet Union. He has been
a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at the Institute of Urban
and Regional Development, University of California at Berkeley, and
economic geographer in residence at the Bank of America world headquarters
in San Francisco.
Adams was senior Fulbright Lecturer at the
Institute for Raumordnung at the Economic University in Vienna and was on
the geography faculty of Moscow State University. He has taught at
Pennsylvania State University, the University of Washington, and the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point. His most recent book, Minneapolis-St.
Paul: People, Place, and Public Life, looks at the region's growth
and at what factors may affect the metropolitan area's future.
Adams holds a doctorate in urban geography from
the University of Minnesota and two degrees in economics.
David Broden -- David Broden is a consultant
to the defense industry. He is chair of the armament division of the
National Defense Industrial Association. Before founding Broden
Resource Solutions in 2004, he had served for 14 years with Alliant
Techsystems and before that, 24 years with Honeywell, Inc. David has
a bachelor's degree in physics and math from St. Olaf College and a
master's in physics and math from the University of Minnesota.
He has done extensive work in strategic planning and business management.
In 2007 David organized the first Minnesota
Heartland Defense and High Tech Conference, linking the National Defense
Industrial Association with the Minnesota Defense Alliance. David is
active in the Republican Party.
Audrey Clay --
Janis Clay (Executive Director)- Janis Clay was named executive director of the Civic Caucus
effective January 1, 2017. Clay has a keen interest in public policy and
business and nonprofit corporate governance. She has served on numerous
business and nonprofit boards, including the Red River Valley & Western
Railroad, the Twin Cities & Western Railroad, the Minnesota Prairie Line,
the Western Railroad Equipment Company, the Minnesota Zoo Foundation, the
Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the North Shore Scenic Railroad, the
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association,
and the Civic Caucus. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in
economics and from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a
staff member and a managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review. In private
law practice, she has received the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating
of AV Preeminent since 2001, the highest level of professional excellence.
Clay has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Civic Caucus since 2009.
Pat Davies -- Long active in civic affairs,
Pat Davies served on the Citizens League board as well as on many CL committees.
She has also been a member of the Guthrie Board, president of state
senate spouses club, state League of Women Voters board, chaired the
Minnesota Zoo Board, supreme court appointee to Lawyers Trust Account
board, attorney general's representative to the Gambling Control
Board, gubernatorial appointee to the Environmental Quality Board and the
Mississippi River and Recreational Commission. Political
activities include Congressional District Vice-Chair, delegate to two
national Democratic conventions and member of state DFL executive
committee. Currently a member of state LWV Action Committee, Loring
Greenway Board, and Civic Caucus.
Paul Gilje --
Paul Gilje served as executive director of the Civic Caucus from 2005 to
December 31, 2016. He served as executive director of the Presbyterian
Homes Foundation from 2000 to 2005. From 1993 to 2000 he was a church
fund-raiser. From 1988 to 1993 he was director of stewardship and
administrator for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN. Paul
served as research director and later associate director of the Citizens
League from 1964 to 1988. He was a staff writer for the Minneapolis Star
from 1960 to 1964. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism
from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Dwight Johnson --
Dwight Johnson is a native of Edina, MN.
In 1981, after obtaining an MBA, Johnson began working for the Ford Motor
Company as a financial Analyst in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1984, Johnson
changed employment to the Chrysler Corporation where he started as a
product planner. He was at Chrysler for 15 years with his last 10 years in
the Marketing Department serving in various roles as a market planner,
advertising manager and marketing manager. He oversaw $1 billion
marketing/advertising budgets and was at the helm of the Dodge Stealth
roll out across the nation. In 1999, his family moved to Fountain Hills,
AZ where he has focused his efforts in the public school system (PTO
President and Board of Directors), Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
and many philanthropic boards. Johnson has championed Junior Achievement
in Fountain Hills Middle School. He enjoys mentoring not only youth, but
also business owners and budding entrepreneurs. Johnson, a member of the
Civic Caucus Board of Directors, is a son of the late Verne Johnson,
founder of the Civic Caucus.
Randy Johnson --
worked in a variety of educational settings in elementary, secondary, and
higher education organizations as a teacher, administrator, and
consultant. He assisted 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 and 2014). He was a faculty
member from 2002-2007 at Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, a leader in
distance learning since 1970, in both the Schools of Education and
While teaching at the University of Minnesota
and in the Minneapolis Public Schools Johnson was involved in the very
earliest application of "computers in the classroom" for teaching
mathematics. As an assistant superintendent for instruction and as a
technology consultant for two of the largest school districts in Minnesota
he planned and designed many facilities and implemented several programs
for the use of computers and multi-media technologies in all subject
Currently, Johnson is a co-coordinator of the
Minnesota Educational Fellowship Program with Dan Loritz, chair of the
Civic Caucus. Johnson has a Ph.D. in mathematics education, curriculum,
administration from the University. of Minnesota; a M.S. in mathematics
and statistics from Purdue University, and a B.S. in physics and
mathematics from Northern Illinois University.
Sallie Kemper -- Sallie Kemper is an
administrative, technical and writing consultant to Civic Caucus. Prior to
retirement she worked in the banking industry with the predecessor
organizations of Wells Fargo, Citibank NY, and US Bank in the areas of
systems analysis, financial analysis, software development and corporate
lending. She has a B.A. in Mathematics from Rice University. Her civic
interests have included supporting the public schools and girlsí athletics
and showing up to vote on a regular basis.
Ted Kolderie -- Ted has worked on system questions
and with legislative policy in different areas of public life: with urban
and metropolitan affairs and public finance through the 1960s and '70s and
since the early 1980s mainly with K-12 education policy; system and school
innovation. He is the author of "
He graduated from Carleton College (BA, English)
and has a master's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs
at Princeton University. He began as a reporter and editorial writer for
the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, then was executive director of the (Twin
Cities) Citizens League and a senior fellow at the University of
Minnesotaís Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is now a
senior associate with the Center for Policy Studies and its
Dan Loritz -- Dan Loritz served
as chair of the Civic Caucus from Verne Johnson's death in 2012 to
December 31, 2016. Dan Loritz's interest in public policy spans four
decades. He served fifteen years in Minnesota state government in a
variety of positions. 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 and 17 years as an associate professor of education at Hamline
He is currently a senior fellow at, and
President of, the Center for Policy Design. He received his undergraduate
degree in psychology from Hamline University and his masterís degree in
teaching from the University of Wisconsin Ė Eau Claire. In addition, he
was selected for three fellowships -- an educational policy fellowship at
George Washington University, a leadership fellowship at the Humphrey
School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a public
school executive fellowship from the Bush Foundation in Minnesota.
Tim McDonald -- Tim McDonald is currently an
Associate with Education|Evolving, a joint venture of the Center for
Policy Studies and Hamline University and a Fellow at the Center Policy
Studies. Timís work at the Center includes government relations and
providing staff support to its project in health care redesign.
In 2007 he was named a junior fellow at the
American Academy of Political and Social Science, where he won their
research award for his work on Muslim immigration in England. He is also a
member of the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague, and has
since served on its alumni advisory board.
In 2009 he joined the founding board of the
Academy of North Minneapolis, an elementary public charter school and
served as an officer for its first two years.
Tim received his BA degree with honors in
political science from Hamline University and currently attends the
Harvard Kennedy School in their Masters in Public Policy program. He was
selected as a Fellow in Minnesota's 2011 Education Policy Fellowship
Program and is currently a Fellow in the Institute for Educational
Leadership's Global Educational Policy Fellowship Program.
Bruce W. Mooty -- Bruce received an undergraduate
degree from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts in 1977
and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1980. He
is managing officer at the Minneapolis law firm of Gray, Plant, Mooty and
has devoted much time and talent to the Alumni Association and the
University of Minnesota. He has been an active volunteer for the Alumni
Association for eight years, starting as an at-large representative on the
Alumni Association National Board of Directors and finally as national
president in 2008-2009.
He is listed among "The Best Lawyers in America"
by Woodward/White, 2013-2014.
Mooty is active in Twin Cities Diversity in
Practice, Civic Caucus, Colonial Church of Edina, United Way, Fund for the
Legal Aid Society, Urban Leadership Academy, Urban Ventures, Volunteer
Lawyers Network Benefactors Board, the Greater Twin Cities YMCA and the
Jim Olson -- Jim was an original member of
the Civic Caucus during the 1950s in Minneapolis while he served on the
faculty of the University of Minnesota. He then moved to Illinois and
served on the faculty of the University of Illinois (1958-1965) and of
Millikin University in Decatur (1965-1987). He taught course in Economics
and Statistics prior to his retirement as an Emeritus Professor of
Economics and Business Administration in 1987. Jim also is a retired Major
in the Air Force Reserve.
Jim has retained an interest in election statistics and redistricting
matters in Minnesota (and elsewhere) and is sometimes referred to as "the
election expert", a title that is warranted because he is "over 50 miles
from Minnesota" Jim receive his BBA, MA, and PhD degrees from the
University of Minnesota.
Paul Ostrow (Chair) -- Paul Ostrow was named chair of the Civic
Caucus effective January 1, 2017. Ostrow served on the Minneapolis City
Council from 1998-2009. He was president of the City Council from
2002-2005 and the chair of the Ways and Means/Budget Committee from
2006-2009. During his service on the Council his efforts included the
implementation of long term budgeting, service redesign, commercial
corridor revitalization and partnerships with the business community
including the development of Target Field.
Ostrow is currently an assistant Anoka County attorney. He serves on
several other boards including Grace Center for Community Life and the
Northeast Minneapolis Artists Association. He received his bachelor's
degree from St. Olaf College with a major in political science and his
J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Wayne Popham -- A lawyer in private
practice, Wayne received his BSL degree in 1951 from the University
of Minnesota and LLB degree in 1953 from the University of Minnesota
Law School. He was a a founding partner of Popham, Haik,
Schnobrich & Kaufman, Ltd., an international law firm. He has
served as member and chair of commissions to nominate persons for
appointment as United States District Judge for Minnesota.
Wayne served 12 years in the Minnesota Senate.
He was selected as one of two outstanding Minnesota legislators by
Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. He is a former chair of
the Metropolitan Airports Commission, a former member of the State
Advisory Council on Metropolitan Governance and the Commission on
He is a former President and former member of
the Board of Directors of the Citizens League. He also has
served as a board member of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, the board
of regents at Augsburg College, and a trustee of the Minneapolis Institute
Dana Schroeder -- Dana Schroeder writes the summary notes of
the weekly Civic Caucus interviews, which are then sent out by e-mail to
the 5,500 people on the Caucusís reader list. She is a self-employed
consultant who does writing, editing and research work. Her clients have
included a broad variety of organizations and individuals, mostly active
in the field of public affairs. Most recently, she assisted former State
Senator Ember Reichgott Junge by doing research and interviews for
Reichgott Jungeís book, Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter
School Story. She served as editor of the Citizens Leagueís
Minnesota Journal from 1991 to 2001. From 1977 to 1984, she and her
husband, Jon, were owners and publishers of the Grant County Herald,
a weekly newspaper in Elbow Lake, Minn.
She has been an active member of a number of
volunteer and civic organizations in both the Twin Cities area and in
Elbow Lake. Among others, she has served on the Citizens League Board of
Directors and co-chaired a League study committee on property taxes, was
chair of the school board of Christ the King School (now Carondelet
Catholic School) in Minneapolis, was an active volunteer at Minneapolis
Southwest High School and was president of the Elbow Lake Civic and
Schroeder has a B.A. degree in Urban Studies
from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Public Affairs from the
Universityís Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Fred Zimmerman--is a retired professor of
manufacturing systems engineering and international management at the
University of St. Thomas. He has taught at the University of Minnesota,
University of Pittsburgh, St. Cloud State University, Universidad Catolica
in Montevideo, Uruguay and at the Czech Management Center in Celovice,
Prior to returning to academia in 1985,
Zimmerman had spent over 25 years in industry as an engineer, manager,
vice president and president primarily with IBM, National Computer Systems
and an NCS affiliate company - CAMAX. He has served on the board of
directors or the board of advisors of sixteen companies.
Dr. Zimmerman is the author of numerous
professional and technical articles and is a frequent contributor to the
Business Forum section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His book, The
Turnaround Experience: Real World Lessons in Revitalizing Corporations,
was published by McGraw-Hill in 1991. The book, Manufacturing Works:
The Vital Link Between Production and Prosperity, co -authored with
Dave Beal, discusses the relationship between manufacturing and community
prosperity. Zimmerman has a Ph.D. in strategic management and
organizational studies from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of
Verne C. Johnson--
Chair, 2005 to November, 2012 -
Verne served as chair of the Civic Caucus since its beginning in 2005 to
his death in November 2012. Verne was president of the VCJ Foundation,
whose primary focus is education for those being left behind. From 1983
until 1997 he was President and CEO of Altcare, a social responsibility
venture established by General Mills and the Wilder Foundation. Verne
served General Mills as Vice President of Corporate Planning for 14 years
and as vice president of Public Responsibility Planning and Venture
Development for a year before his early retirement in 1983.
Verne served from 1957 to 1967 as Executive Director of the Citizens
League, and later as its Chair and as a member of its Board of Directors.
He was for 30 years a member of the Fairview Board of Directors. He was a
member of the Minnesota House of Representative in his 20s and served for
three years as Administrative Assistant to Congressman Walter Judd of
Minnesota. Verne graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in
Charles Clay (deceased)--
Charles Clay was an original member of the
Civic Caucus. An attorney, Clay received a bachelorís degree in
business administration from the University of Minnesota and a law degree
from the University of Minnesota Law School. After serving as a law
clerk for Justice Knutson of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Clay began his
legal career at the Soo Line Railroad, becoming Executive Vice
PresidentóAssistant to the President before leaving in 1984 to practice
with the Minneapolis law firm of Head, Seifert & Vander Weide.
In 1987, Clay, with two partners, founded a
short line railroad, the Red River Valley & Western, serving Minnesota and
North Dakota. This was followed by three more short lines and a
railroad equipment company. Clay continues to serve on the Boards of
Directors of the companies he co-founded.
Clay served many years on the Board of Directors
of the Citizens League, and was its President in 1965-66. Clay
chaired the Leagueís Metropolitan Affairs Committee, which lead to the
establishment of the Metropolitan Council, and its Metropolitan Sewage
Committee, which lead to the establishment of the Twin Cities Metropolitan
Sewer District. He also served on many other Citizens League
committees. Clay served on the Board of Directors of Deaconess
Hospital, and on the Edina School Board, where his three children attended
school. He was involved in many other local civic activities.
Clay lived in Edina with his wife, Audrey.
John Mooty (deceased) -- John Mooty was
an original member of the Civic Caucus. He began his practice of law with
Gray Plant Mooty in 1944. He became a partner in 1954 and served as a
managing officer of the firm for more than 20 years. He died in 2015. He
is best known for rebuilding franchise corporations such as International
Dairy Queen and National Car Rental. He served on the boards of several
corporations. In addition, he was the general partner in the development
of Rio Verde, Tonto Verde and Vista Verde, golfing retirement communities
near Scottsdale, AZ.
John had substantial community involvement in political and community
organizations, including serving as past president of the University of
Minnesota Alumni Association, Minneapolis Rotary Club, Citizens League,
and St. Johnís Lutheran Church. He was Chairman of the Governor's Task
Force on Education and a representative on the Uniform Laws Commission.
He was repeatedly named as a "Minnesota Super Lawyer" and once was noted
as the oldest "Super Lawyer." In 2003, he was named to the Minnesota
Business Hall of Fame. John earned his law degree (LL.B.) from the
University of Minnesota Law School in 1944 and his bachelorís degree (BSL)
from the University of Minnesota in 1943.
The Civic Caucus
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includes persons of varying political persuasions,
reflecting years of leadership in politics, public policy,
business, nonprofits and government. Click here
to see a short personal background of each.
S. Adams, David Broden, Audrey Clay, Janis Clay (executive director), Pat Davies, Paul Gilje,
Rob Jacobs, Dwight Johnson, Randy Johnson, Sallie
Kemper, Ted Kolderie,
Dan Loritz, Marina Lyon, Tim McDonald, Bruce Mooty, Jim Olson, Paul Ostrow
Popham, Dana Schroeder, Clarence Shallbetter, and Fred Zimmerman