Each academic year the Center for Integrative Leadership invites a small number of highly accomplished leaders from the private sector, academia, government and the non-profit sector to join us as Executive Leadership Fellows.  Fellows bring their experience and expertise to contribute to the life of the Center and the University and in turn benefit from being a part of the University community. 

Participation in the Executive Leadership Fellows Program is flexible and can be tailored to fit the availability, needs and interests of individual Fellows.  Whereas some Fellows may limit their role to contributing as a guest speaker to university courses a few times throughout the year, other Fellows may undertake specific research projects or case studies that draw on University faculty, staff, student or library resources.  Fellows do not receive compensation and are not employees of the University, although they may receive support for certain project-related and logistics expenses.  Fellows will have a University email address and a working space available for their use. For more information about the Center's Executive Leadership Fellowship program, please contact us at cil@umn.edu.

Meet the current Fellows

Whitney Clark, Friends of the Mississippi River

Whitney Clark PhotoFor more than 30 years Whitney has worked to improve Minnesota’s environment as a staff member for several environmental organizations. During his 20-year tenure as executive director, he has led FMR’s growth from a start-up group with one full-time employee to one of Minnesota’s largest and most effective conservation organizations with a staff of 19. Whitney has extensive experience in environmental policy, lobbying, advocacy and education campaigns, partnership building around environmental issues and fundraising. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Minnesota. In 2017 Whitney was honored to receive the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Transformational Leader Award which recognizes an experienced nonprofit leader who has demonstrated success working across boundaries to develop transformational solutions.

Patrick Coleman, Minnesota Historical Society

ColemanThe “Indiana Jones of Minnesota manuscripts” is serving as an Executive Leadership Fellow.  Patrick Coleman was so named in a 2011 article in Capitol Report for his determined efforts to bring books, manuscripts and other artifacts to the Minnesota Historical Society in his role as Senior Curator and acquisitions librarian. In his 35 years at the Minnesota Historical Society, Patrick has worked tirelessly across many sectors to build the MHS’s collection of rare and historical documents with a focus on novels and poetry by Minnesotan authors. He hunts far and wide for materials to help document our rich Minnesota history; bringing them to the Historical Society where they can be properly cared for, preserved and made available to the public. During his Executive Leadership Fellowship, Coleman has worked with an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to research and conduct a first-person, substantive oral history of Minnesota governors, including their experiences in collaborating across party and sectoral boundaries. This oral history will be a University resource and will be offered to the Minnesota Historical Society for their permanent public affairs holdings. Coleman is also working with others to explore a similar project related to Minnesota women leaders during the 1970s and 1980s.

LaDonna Hoy, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

LaDonna HoyLaDonna Hoy is Founder and Executive Director at Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners in Plymouth, Minnesota. This non-profit addresses critical needs and offers life-changing services that benefit struggling families in eight west Hennepin suburban communities. Hoy demonstrates deep convictions about the value of cross-sector collaboration and willingly shares her expertise with others and offers new ways of thinking of solutions. In 2015, Hoy launched a collective impact initiative in partnership with Wayzata and Orono public schools called Great Expectations, to address the community achievement gap and to ensure that every child is prepared for school and can succeed academically. Hoy’s leadership project with the Center for Integrative Leadership will focus on this cross-sector collaboration.

Allen Levine, University of Minnesota

LevineDr. Allen Levine is currently Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Psychiatry (adjunct), Surgery (adjunct) and Medicine (adjunct). Prior to this position he was the Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  Allen’s long-standing research focus has been on the neural regulation of food intake, particularly related to the opioid peptides, oxytocin and Neuropeptide Y. He and his colleagues have published extensively on the brain circuitry involved in the rewarding properties of foods. He has published over 300 scientific papers and over 100 review articles, editorials and book reviews. He has received three major awards for his research efforts: one from the American Institute of Nutrition (Mead Johnson Award), one from the American College of Nutrition (Grace A. Goldsmith Award), and one from American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow). He is also a fellow in the Obesity Society and the American Psychological Association.  This November he will be president-elect of the Obesity Society.  In his role as Vice Provost, Allen has worked collaboratively with faculty, department leaders, deans and chancellors to provide a clear understanding of tenure and promotion documents, academic human resource policies and other procedural issues important to faculty.  He has also worked closely with faculty governance to review decisions and vision for the academic community and served as a liaison to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).  During his Executive Leadership Fellowship, Allen is particularly interested in exploring the role of decency in leadership and collaboration.

David MacCallum, Civic Consulting Minnesota

David MacCallumDavid MacCallum is the Executive Director of Civic Consulting Minnesota, a model that brings pro-bono private sector volunteers to work on projects in local government. The inaugural project involved winter street maintenance with the City of St. Paul Department of Public Works, and current projects are underway with Ramsey County and Hennepin County. MacCallum has also worked on initiatives with McKinsey and Company, Ameriprise Financial, and has performed evaluation, consulting, and research initiatives with MacCallum Ross, Inc. MacCallum has extensive experience as both a computer scientist and consultant with data analysis, strategy, and management.

Kurt Winkelmann, Navega Strategies, LLC

Kurt Winkelmann PhotoKurt Winkelmann is an Executive Leadership Fellow in the Center for Integrative Leadership. Kurt is founder and CEO of Navega Strategies, LLC and was formerly Managing Director and Global Head of Research at MSCI.  Prior to MSCI, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he led the Global Investment Strategies group in the Investment Management Division. He is has been an advisor to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, a board member at the Alberta Investment Management Company, an advisor to the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme and a Director of the University of Minnesota Investment Advisors. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota.  He is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Heller Hurwicz Economics Institute and is currently spearheading Heller-Hurwicz’s pension policy brief outreach initiative.

Executive Leadership Fellow Case Studies