Leadership

Leadership team

Kent Whitworth

Kent Whitworth
Director and CEO

Jennifer.

Jennifer Jones
Associate Executive Director

Brian.

Brian Juntti
Executive Vice President of Shared Services

Amber Annis.

Amber Annis, PhD
Associate Vice President of Tribal Nation Relations and Native American Initiatives

David.

David Kelliher
Vice President of Public Policy & Government Relations

Ben Leonard.

Ben Leonard
Senior Vice President of Historic Sites Network & Operations 

Kevin

Kevin Maijala
Senior Vice President of Education & Interpretation

Jack Matheson.

Jack Matheson
Associate Vice President Strategy Implementation

Fred.

Fred Neher
Vice President of Finance

Jennifer Pogatchnik.

Jennifer Pogatchnik
Vice President of Advancement

brenda.

Brenda Raney
Senior Vice President, Library, Research, & Collections

Avi.

Avi Viswanathan
Vice President of Inclusion, Outreach, and Community Engagement

Governing board

Officers

  • Peter M. Reyes, Jr., President
  • Thomas M. Forsythe, Vice President, Treasurer
  • David R. Hakensen, Immediate Past President
  • Kent Whitworth, Secretary

Executive council

  • Ford W. Bell
  • Barbara E. Burwell
  • Grant W. Davis
  • M. Mitchell Davis
  • Elizabeth Driscoll Hlavka
  • Joanell M. Dyrstad
  • Richard E. Engebretson
  • Carolyn M. Essig
  • Stephanie L. Fehr
  • Thomas M. Forsythe
  • David R. Hakensen (Ex Officio)
  • Monica Little
  • Linda Brekke Mona
  • Jennifer J. Murray
  • Richard C. Nash
  • Krista E. O’Malley
  • Peter M. Reyes Jr.
  • Sharon Sayles Belton
  • Daniel J. Schmechel
  • Diana L. Schutter
  • Roger J. Sit
  • Anton S. Treuer
  • John R. Tunheim
  • Noelle P. Turner
  • Gwen N. Westerman
  • Kent Whitworth

Ex-Officio

  • Tim Walz, Governor
  • Julie Blaha, State Auditor
  • Keith Ellison, Attorney General
  • Steve Simon, Secretary of State
  • Peggy Flanagan, Lieutenant Governor

Emeritus council

  • Nina M. Archabal+
  • Charles W. Arnason+
  • Annette Atkins+
  • Sharon Avent+
  • Bruce W. Bean+
  • Gretchen U. Beito+
  • Diane Berthel
  • Kathleen Blatz
  • Suzanne Blue
  • Robert Bruininks
  • Judith S. Corson
  • Mark Davis+
  • Michael J. Davis
  • Charlton Dietz+
  • Stephen D. Elliott
  • Michael Farnell
  • Harold A. Frederick
  • Ram Gada
  • Phyllis Rawls Goff
  • William Green
  • James T. Hale
  • MayKao Hang
  • Stanley S. Hubbard
  • Karen A. Humphrey+
  • Ruth S. Huss
  • Lucy R. Jones+
  • Sylvia Kaplan+ 
  • Dennis Lamkin
  • Jean M. Larson
  • Elizabeth S. MacMillan+
  • Charles Mahar
  • Susan B. McCarthy
  • William C. Melton+
  • Joseph S. Micallef+
  • Dean Nelson
  • Richard H. Nicholson
  • Elizabeth M. Nordlie
  • Peter Reis
  • Mark Ritchie
  • Kennon V. Rothchild+
  • Susan Stevens Kenny
  • William R. Stoeri
  • Edward Stringer
  • Bo Thao-Urabe
  • Karen Thissen Wilson
  • Missy Thompson Staples
  • Kathy H. Tunheim
  • Benjamin Vander Kooi
  • Eleanor Winston
  • Warren J. Zaccaro

Honorary council

  • Lowell C. Anderson
  • Charles W. Arnason+
  • Bruce W. Bean+
  • S. K. Dash
  • Elizabeth S. Driscoll
  • Michael J. Fox
  • John Huss
  • Sylvia Kaplan+
  • Elizabeth S. MacMillan+
  • William C. Melton+
  • Stephen Nelson
  • Mark Peterson
  • Jeff Savage
  • Jeanette (Jan) E. Warner
  • Marvin R. Anderson
  • Annette Atkins+
  • Gretchen U. Beito+
  • Mark Davis+
  • Dennis Dvorak
  • Ram Gada+
  • Ruth Huss+
  • Colles Larkin
  • Terry McGibbon
  • Joseph S. Micallef+
  • Larry G. Osnes
  • Kennon V. Rothchild+
  • Gerald Vizenor
  • Annette M. Whaley
  • Nina M. Archabal+
  • Sharon Avent+
  • Ford W. Bell
  • Charlton Dietz+
  • Richard L. Ferrell
  • Karen A. Humphrey+
  • Lucy R. Jones+
  • Robert (Bob) C. Mack
  • Peg Meier
  • Richard Moe
  • Donald (Don) G. Patton
  • Fred Perez
  • Ramedo J. Saucedo
  • Vernell Wabasha
  • Mary Lethert Wingerd

+ Emeritus and Honorary Council Member