Our People


Kyle Bozentko, Director of Research and Policy, has a strong background in health care policy and effectively involving citizens. He worked previously as a community outreach organizer with the Greater MN Health Care Coalition in central Minnesota, and as a political field coordinator in Minnesota. His master’s of theological studies from the Boston University School of Theology included research on the way faith shapes civic engagement, as part of the “Spiritual Narratives of Everyday Life” project,. Kyle is a native of South Dakota and a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul.

Dawn Dettinger, Project Administrator, also works in communications and administration with the Vessey Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, which has earned Best Chapter Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011 as well as Best Newsletter and Website awards. She previously computerized records and bookkeeping for an architectural firm, and grew up working in a family-run restaurant/hotel business, eventually serving as general manager. Dawn is a St. Paul native and graduate of Metropolitan State University.

Andrew Rockway, Program Associate – Andrew supports the work of the Director by providing pertinent policy and candidate research, assisting with event organization and facilitation, and managing online and print communications. Andrew recently earned a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he focused on policy analysis and environmental policy.

Lead Program Consultants

Larry Pennings is principal of Transformational Partnerships. Prior to this, he had more than 20 years’ experience in religious congregations and for the Foundation for Community Encouragement. Larry has been working with the Jefferson Center and Jefferson Action (Promoting Healthy Democracy) since 2005. He was lead designer on the 2009 Minnesota Citizens Jury on Election Recounts and has been a key consultant on the Citizens Initiative Review run by Healthy Democracy Oregon and the Healthy Democracy Fund.

Nathanael Smith, Communications and Project Support, brings his interest in social media and video production to the Reclaim November Ohio Project. Nathanael graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota in 2012 where he majored in Political Science.


Ned Crosby (Chair) has devoted his career to inventing, testing and implementing democratic reforms. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1973. In 1974 he established the Jefferson Center for New Democratic Processes, and in 2003 founded the organization now known as Jefferson Action.

Pat Benn, retired teacher and union leader

Paul Becker, partner, Ironwood Software

Tom Eckstein, partner, Arundel Street Consulting

Judith Healey, philanthropic consultant and author