People

Ted Kolderie

Senior Fellow

Ted Kolderie has worked on system questions and with legislative policy in different areas of public life: urban and metropolitan affairs and public finance through the 1960s and '70s. He began working in the 1970s with questions about the redesign of the operating side of the public sector; with the Public Service Options project. He was involved nationally on these questions with the Rand Corporation, SRI International, the Urban Institute and others.

During the 1980s he ran the Public Services Redesign Project while at the University of Minnesota school of public affairs. By the mid-1980s the work had come to focus on the redesign of K-12 public education; system and schools. Since 2009 he has again been closely involved with the broader questions about the redesign of major public systems; governmental and non-governmental.

A graduate of Carleton College and of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University, Ted was previously a reporter and editorial writer for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, executive director of the Citizens League and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Dan Loritz

Senior Fellow and President

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.

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Walter McClure

Senior Fellow and Chairman

Ted Kolderie has worked on system questions and with legislative policy in different areas of public life: urban and metropolitan affairs and public finance through the 1960s and '70s. He began working in the 1970s with questions about the redesign of the operating side of the public sector; with the Public Service Options project. He was involved nationally on these questions with the Rand Corporation, SRI International, the Urban Institute and others.

During the 1980s he ran the Public Services Redesign Project while at the University of Minnesota school of public affairs. By the mid-1980s the work had come to focus on the redesign of K-12 public education; system and schools. Since 2009 he has again been closely involved with the broader questions about the redesign of major public systems; governmental and non-governmental.

A graduate of Carleton College and of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University, Ted was previously a reporter and editorial writer for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, executive director of the Citizens League and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Tim McDonald

Senior Fellow

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.

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Sara Rohde

 Fellow

Sara Rohde is a health equity fellow at the Center for Policy Design. Her work focuses on strategies to address the social determinants of health. Her primary areas of interest are cross-sector collaborations, models for community participation, and measures for defining equitable outcomes.

She has worked in operations and programming roles in both the nonprofit and government sectors. These have included work with community health workers, juvenile justice programs, public health law, and inter-professional health care research. She also worked on health education projects in Moldova for the U.S. Peace Corps.

Sara is a graduate of Macalester College, the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, and St. Catherine University’s School of Business.

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Tim McDonald

Senior Fellow

Jeff Johnson has worked in organizational development for nearly four decades, including 29 years as director of corporate and foundation relations at Hamline University where he secured grants for capital initiatives and for faculty and staff programs and projects. Earlier he helped design and direct external degree and other non-traditional education programs at the University of Minnesota where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. He has also consulted with a broad array of non-profit organizations. At the Center Jeff specializes in organizational and program innovation and advancement.

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