Executive Director, Jefferson Center
Kyle Bozentko brings over a decade of civic engagement, public policy, and political organizing experience to oversee the strategic, organizational, and programmatic development of the Jefferson Center. He has worked with a range of organizations including the Minnesota Historical Society, The Farr Institute at the University of Manchester (UK), and the Consultation and Response Agency of the Dept. of Premier and Cabinet in South Australia to strengthen their public participation and civic engagement initiatives. Projects have included topics such as strengthening local government, improving media engagement and collaboration, determining conditions for sharing and protecting patient health data, and deciding whether or not to pursue nuclear waste storage. Kyle’s work has been published in GOVERNING Magazine, MinnPost, and in the Independent Sector blog. His experiences have led him around the world speaking with audiences on the opportunities and challenges for effective democratic innovation and civic engagement. Kyle also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Public Participation USA (IAP2 USA), as Co-Chair of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium Executive Committee, on the Board of the Coalition on Recovery Investment (CORI – MN), and on the Mnsure Health Industry Advisory Committee.
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