The following are biographies of those who are on my Transition Team. - R.T.
Catherine Shreves is chair of the Minneapolis School Board and was first elected to the board in 1999. She has served as the President of the League of Women Voters of Minneapolis, Chair of the Minneapolis Charter Commission, and Chair of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's Citizen's Advisory Committee for the Chain of Lakes Renovation. She received her J.D. from the University of South Dakota and a master's degree in tax law from Boston University. Mpls. St. Paul Magazine named Shreves as one of their "100 People To Watch-Minnesota's Rising Stars" in the February 2000 issue.
Dorothy Bridges is president and CEO of Franklin National Bank. She is the only African-American woman to head a Minnesota bank and one of only a few nationwide. Bridges was vice president and chief credit officer of the Community Reinvestment Fund, a non-profit agency that buys and resells economic redevelopment loans. Bridges held a number of positions with First Banks between 1979 and 1993. Mpls. St. Paul Magazine named Bridges as one of their "100 People To Watch-Minnesota's Rising Stars" in the February 2000 issue.
Gail Dorfman was first elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in 1999. She was previously Mayor of St. Louis Park and a member of the city council. Dorfman holds a masters in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
David Fey is Executive Director of Seward Redesign, a nonprofit community development corporation focused on housing, commercial and economic development. He has served as Vice Chair of the Minneapolis Affordable Housing Task Force and Co-Chair of the Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers, and currently sits on the Local Advisory Committee of the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Fey is a registered architect with a B.A. from Carleton College and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. He was also named as one of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine's "100 People To Watch -Minnesota's Rising Stars" in February 2000.
Rev. Al Gallmon is pastor at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He is also a member of the Minneapolis School Board. Gallmon received his master of divinity degree in 1992 from Howard University. He has served as PTO chairman at Hall Community School.
Cam Gordon was a Green Party candidate for City Council from the 2nd ward this year. Gordon is a founding member of Minnesota's Green Party. He has been a community and political activist for over 20 years, including serving on the Seward Neighborhood's board of directors and the Center for Neighborhood board of directors and chairing the Seward NRP Implementation Oversight Committee. Gordon is a founding member of FairVote Minnesota. He is co-owner and teacher at River's Edge Children's House, a small business providing child care and music programs for children.
Clarence Hightower is president of the Minneapolis Urban League. Hightower served for five years as president of The City, Inc., an innovative, community organization with a focus on youth development. Prior to this he was executive director of the North Community Branch of the YMCA. He has received both the Bush Leadership Award and the Minneapolis Community Service Award. Hightower holds a masters in human and community service from George William College in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Sam Kaplan is a founding member of Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A. He received his B.B.A. degree and his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was president of the University of Minnesota Law Review and received the Order of the Coif. He also has served as an adjunct professor of law. Kaplan has been much involved in the banking industry and is currently Chairman of the Board of the Minnesota region of Associated Banc-Corp, and is an organizer and member of the board of First Florida Bank in Naples, Florida. Kaplan is a past president of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. He has long been involved in Democratic Party affairs and served as chairman of Senator Paul Wellstone's successful 1990 and 1996 election and reelection campaigns.
Sylvia Kaplan has had a varied career, as a newspaper reporter and columnist; an instructor in American Studies and Composition at the University of Minnesota; and a social worker. For 13 years, she was a partner in and then sole owner of The New French Café in Minneapolis. She continues to be in the restaurant business as the owner of Bar Abilene, in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Kaplan is on the Boards of Directors of the Minnesota Historical Society, The Minneapolis Foundation, the One Percent Club, the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Membership Committee of the Minneapolis Club. She was intimately involved in the Paul Wellstone Senatorial campaigns and the Bill Bradley Presidential campaign. Kaplan holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies and a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Minnesota.
Julie Mattson Ostrow is secretary of the Minneapolis DFL and associate chair of Senate District 59. She has managed a number of political campaigns, including that of her husband, City Council member Paul Ostrow and school board member Judy Farmer. She coordinated the DFL-endorsed campaigns for school board in 1999 and managed the Better Schools Referendum for the Minneapolis Public Schools the following year. Mattson Ostrow is the past president of Minnesota and the Twin Cities Dietetic Associations and is currently is a consulting dietitian in business and industry.
Scott Mayer serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association and is one of the founders of Twin Cities Quorum, a chamber of commerce marketing to the gay and lesbian community. Mayer is one of the founders of Hollywood, an Oscar night benefit for AIDS.
Gene Martinez is director of public policy at Arc Hennepin-Carver, an advocacy organization for persons with mental retardation. He is the new 12th Ward representative to MICAH, a faith-based affordable housing group. He is former president of Nokomis East Neighborhood Association and is former chair of Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action (MAPA). Martinez holds a JD from the University of Minnesota.
Jim Niland has been on the City Council since 1991. He chairs the Community Development Committee and did not run for reelection this year. He is a former union organizer for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 14 and was a neighborhood activist in Whittier Neighborhood. Niland is the music booker for Lee's Liquor Lounge.
Jane Ranum has represented southwest Minneapolis, the 63rd district, in the Minnesota State Senate since 1990. She serves as the chair of the crime prevention committee and spearheaded the CriMNet criminal justice information system reform. Ranum also is an attorney in the Hennepin County Attorney's office. She received her JD from Hamline University School of Law.
Rip Rapson is President of the McKnight Foundation, the state's largest private foundation. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota's Design Center. Rapson was deputy mayor under Mayor Fraser between 1989 and 1993. He was a partner at Leonard Street and Deinard, and a congressional aide to Fraser. Rapson holds a JD from Columbia University.
Michael Rainville is director of advertising sales for the Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association and has been with the association for 13 years. He is a fourth- generation resident of Minneapolis and has been president of the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Association for 16 years. Rainville received the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Chairs Award this year and is a past recipient of the Minneapolis Award.
Lyall Schwartzkopf was city coordinator and city clerk in Minneapolis for 19 years. He also served as Governor Carlson's chief of staff and served in the State House for 10 years representing south Minneapolis. Schwartzkopf is currently retired.
Laura Sether is the legislative liaison and communications director for Minnesota Planning. She also served on the Ventura Transition Team. Sether managed Amy Klobuchar's campaign for Hennepin County Attorney in 1998. She was director of the Minnesota Citizens Forum at the Star Tribune prior to that and was a legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Tim Penny in Washington, D.C. Sether was co-campaign manager of the Rybak for Mayor campaign.
Peter Wagenius has worked for Senate DFL Caucus doing writing, research and media work for the past five years. He served as deputy field director for the Humphrey-Moe gubernatorial campaign in 1998 and managed then-House Majority Leader Phil Carruthers' reelection campaign in 1996. He previously worked with an educational theater teaching violence prevention and other social skills to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Wagenius was given a Top Five Capitol Staff award in 2000 by the St. Paul Legal Ledger. He was co-campaign manager of the Rybak for Mayor campaign.
Laura Waterman Wittstock is president of MIGIZI Communications, a nonprofit serving the American Indian community with education and technology projects. She has published two books: Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking, a children's book and Changing Communities, Changing Foundations, which deals with diversity and community foundations. She chairs the Community Solutions Fund and is treasurer of the Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT). MIGIZI was a 1998 winner of the Minnesota Freedom of Information Award. Waterman Wittstock received the 1992 Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Award for 20 years of work in alternative media.
Charles Zelle is president and CEO of Jefferson Lines. He is chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association and also chair of the Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater. Zelle is a past president of the American Bus Association and the Minneapolis Club and has an MBA from Yale University.