To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has partnered with state associations to create the Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide and host a yearly Local Government Innovations Awards ceremony.
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Kevin Gerdes joined the PNLC as Director on January 9th. He brings a distinguished record of public service and will be a wonderful addition to our school-wide community.
Kevin has served in a variety of leadership positions with the Minnesota National Guard over his 32 year career, including Commander at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels; while currently serving as Deputy Commander of the 34th "Red Bull" Infantry Division. He completed a tour of duty in Iraq as a Commander and returned in 2006 to help establish Minnesota's "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" reintegration program that works with community based organizations to assure that service men and women feel supported by their communities when they return from active duty. The Minnesota program became the model upon which national policy is now based. He completed his full-time career in October as the Chief of Staff for the The Adjutant General and continues his service with the Minnesota National Guard as a Brigadier General.
Kevin attended St John's University where he completed ROTC. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Upper Iowa University and a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is currently finishing his PhD in Leadership Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Kevin and his wife Mickey live in Mahtomedi and have two sons.
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