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Jodi Sandfort


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Jodi Sandfort joined the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance as dean in January 2021. Formerly a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, her work focuses on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. She is the founder and academic director of the Hubert Project, a global community focused on improving professional education and effectiveness through development and sharing of multimedia learning materials, such as e-cases, e-studies, and video briefs. Sandfort has served as a Family Self-Sufficiency Scholar funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation. For six years she directed the human services program at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, where she managed a portfolio of $20 million in annual giving.. She has also worked as a senior strategy consultant with the Bush Foundation and special assistant to the President of the University of Minnesota. Sandfort is the author of books, many academic articles, book chapters, and reports for policymakers and practitioners about policy implementation, social welfare system design, organizational effectiveness, early childhood education, welfare reform, nonprofit management, and research methodology.

History of Employment

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Chair of Leadership and Management Area
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Academic Director Future Services Institute
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Academic Director Hubert Project
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Children & Families Program
McKnight Foundation
Assistant Professor
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University
Evans School of Public Policy & Government
University of Washington
Primary Policy Areas

Government Operations/Innovation, Nonprofit/Philanthropy, Poverty

Primary Sector of Expertise


Primary Functions

Academic Faculty, Academic Administration, Board Governance, Change Management, Intergovernmental, Performance Measurement, Strategic Planning