School of Public Affairs

SOPA Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The School of Public Affairs is committed to preparing students to be stewards of the public interest and practitioners and leaders in the public and private sectors. The School of Public Affairs Advisory Council is vital in ensuring the ongoing success, growth and vitality of the school by supporting the mission of empowering student-centered success, innovative and integrated curriculum, adaptability and promoting internal and external collaboration.


The following leaders serve as advisers to the School of Public Affairs. They provide direction and advise the school about changes and needs of the public affairs sector including input about curriculum, careers, professional development, funding and research opportunities.

Chas Anderson ‘96

Co-founder and Partner
MZA+Co, St. Paul

David Borgert

Director, Community and Government Relations
CentraCare Health, St. Cloud

James Bullard ‘84

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Missouri

John Campbell

Professor Emeritus in Criminal Justice Studies
St. Cloud State University

Santo Cruz

Executive Director of Government and Community Relations
CentraCare Health

Greg Emerick '87

Sentera, Minneapolis

Patti Gartland ‘80

Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, St. Cloud

Don Hickman

Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development
The Initiative Foundation, Little Falls

Shaunna Johnson

City Administrator
City of Waite Park

Jeffery Magee `91

Deputy Assistant Director – Human Resources and Professional Development
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Chicago, Illinois

Jermaine Ogaja ‘07

The International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C.

Dan Rogan ‘00

Senior Assistant
Hennepin County Attorney, Minneapolis

William Schramm ‘04

Senior Vice President
Logan Circle Partners, Summit, New Jersey

Steven S. Smith ‘75

Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science & Director of the Weidenbaum Center
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Jim Steve '87

St. Cloud Police Department (retired)

Chris Thiebaut ‘05

Director, U.S. Head of Corporate Actions
BlackRock, Wilmington, Delaware

Dale Trippler ‘69

Landmark Environmental, LLC, St. Paul

Debra Yerigan ‘82

Messerli & Kramer, Minneapolis