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

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Historical Society, Patrick has worked tirelessly across many sectors to build the MHS’s collection of rare and historical documents with a focus on novels and poetry by Minnesotan authors.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.

Mark Dayton, Former Minnesota Governor

Mark DaytonMark Dayton is serving as an Executive Leadership Fellow. Mark Dayton served as Minnesota's 40th Governor, from 2011 to 2019. He was born in Minneapolis in January 1947 and grew up in Long Lake. He graduated from Blake School, where he was an all-state hockey goalie, and from Yale University, cum laude. After college, Mark taught 9th Grade general science in a New York City public school. He’s said it was the toughest job he ever had!  There he felt the terrible injustice that his students had so little, while he had been given so much; and he committed himself to improving social equality and economic opportunity for all Americans. Over the past 44 years, Mark has served Minnesotans, as Commissioner of Economic Development, State Auditor, United States Senator, and Governor. During his two terms as Governor, Minnesota helped lead the nation’s economic recovery, adding over 316,700 jobs, which turned a $6 billion deficit into repeated budget surpluses. Mark kept his campaign promise to increase education funding every year, with “No excuses, No exceptions.” He kept another promise to provide free, all-day kindergarten to all Minnesota five year-olds, and greatly expanded funding for early childhood education and higher education. Mark has two terrific sons, Eric and Andrew, a fabulous daughter-in-law, Cory, and two wonderful grandsons, Hugo, age six, and George, age two.  He currently lives in Minneapolis.

During his Executive Leadership Fellowship, Dayton plans to participate in the life of the University and contribute his experience to students, faculty and other interested learners and scholars in a number of ways. For example, he will work with a student team on the Gubernatorial Oral Histories Project, which is mentored by another CIL Executive Leadership Fellow, Patrick Coleman, archivist of the Minnesota State Historical Society. Dayton also plans to work with Humphrey School Associate Professor Kathy Quick to assemble a series of reflections on collaboration and leadership, drawing on his time in and outside of government. He will also be available for scheduled student office hours and as a class discussant for University courses. 

Cathy Maes, Loaves and Fishes

Cathy MaesLoaves and Fishes welcomed Cathy Maes as its Executive Director in the summer of 2013. During her tenure, her team enhanced the organization’s mission to emphasize nutrition in every meal, including a local farm-to-table approach during Minnesota’s growing season, and grew innovative expansion efforts that led to tripling the number of healthy meals served from 2013 to 2019. With Cathy’s steady leadership and guidance, Loaves and Fishes served over  one million nutritious meals in 2018 to Minnesotans in need.

Accomplishments that are making the “One Million Meals Milestone” possible are many and varied. Relocation to a larger warehouse space in early 2017 led to an expansion of overall food storage capacity. Expanded food inventory grew programming – including a more comprehensive food rescue program from places like the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, stepped-up street outreach to those living on the streets, and brand-new partnerships with organizations both within and outside hunger relief. In June 2018 Loaves and Fishes officially became the first and only redistributor of Second Harvest Heartland food. Dubbed The HUB, this program enables small organizations to source healthy food affordably, enriching Loaves and Fishes' impact by providing nutritious meals to people participating in programming outside hunger relief.

Prior to Loaves and Fishes, Cathy Maes served as the Executive Director of the ICA Food Shelf where she added an additional site, expanded hours, raised more than nine million dollars and expanded services all while meeting the massive increase in needs of the hungry during the depths of the recent economic downturn.

Cathy holds a BS degree in communications from Northern Arizona University and has served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and as a school board member for Minnetonka Public Schools. She is a mother of two and currently lives in St. Paul along with her husband, Tim, and two bloodhounds, Hatch and Kitt. Cathy is a tireless advocate for the less fortunate.

Executive Leadership Fellow Case Studies