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Flanagan, Walz pick labor, faith and business leaders for transition advisers

Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz, left, and Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan, right, speak with reporters Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Capitol. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's lieutenant governor-elect on Friday announced members of the team set to help her and the governor-elect transition into their respective offices.

Peggy Flanagan in a Nov. 16 statement shared the names of the 29 people set to join the incoming administration's transition advisory board. Flanagan leads the board.

The group represents different regions of the state and includes business owners, local elected officials, faith leaders and advocates.

“From civil rights advocates to business owners to tribal leaders to Greater Minnesota mayors, our team worked intentionally to bring together a diverse group of people to share their expertise as we lay the groundwork for our administration," Flanagan said. "Together, we will cast a wide net across the state to ensure we truly run state government as One Minnesota.”

Walz said the group helped illustrate his campaign message of One Minnesota.

“We believe all those affected by policy should have a seat at the table, and this is our very first time pulling out the chairs," he said in a statement. "We thank these passionate Minnesotans for lending their time and talents to the people of our great state.”

Here are the members set to join the transition board:

  • Abdirahman Kahin, owner of Afro Deli in Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • Armando Camacho, president and CEO of Opportunity Partners
  • Ben Schierer, mayor of Fergus Falls
  • Bharti Wahi, executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund-MN
  • Bo-Thao Urabe, executive and network director at the Council on Asian American Leaders
  • Carl Crawford, city of Duluth's human rights officer
  • Carly Melin, executive director of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council and former state representative
  • Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Dave Durenberger, former U.S. Senator
  • David Nicholson, executive director at the Headwaters Foundation for Justice
  • Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota
  • Eric Sannerud, CEO of Mighty Axe Hops
  • Harold Wolle, past president and current board member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association
  • Javier Morrillo, president of SEIU Local 26
  • Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-MN
  • Jeff Ettinger, chairman of the Hormel Foundation
  • Dr. Kathleen Annette, president and CEO of the Blandin Foundation
  • Marcia Zimmerman, senior rabbi at Temple Israel
  • Marvin Roger Anderson, CEO of Rondo Commemorative Plaza and chair of Reconnect Rondo
  • Michelle Behr, chancellor of the University of Minnesota Morris
  • Paul Austin, executive director of Conservation Minnesota
  • President Shelley Buck, Prairie Island Indian Community
  • Rassoul Dastmozd, president and CEO of Saint Paul College
  • Senta Leff, executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
  • Stella Whitney-West, CEO of North Point Health & Wellness Center
  • Tawanna Black, CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion
  • Tim Mackey, president of the Laborers District Council
  • Tom McLaughlin, former legislative chairman for the Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars, a retired Blue Earth County commissioner, and Marine combat veteran
  • Tony Sertich, president of the Northland Foundation

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