Steve Kelley, Chair
Steve Kelley is a Senior Fellow at he Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He teaches classes related to science and technology policy, public budgeting and education law and policy. Before joining the Humphrey School, he served in the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives where among other roles he served as chair of the Senate Education Committee. Steve also practiced commercial litigation in Minneapolis for many years and has served on the boards of several civic organizations
Ms. Dayton focuses on pension policy for the State of Minnesota and lives and works in the Twin Cities. She attended Avalon School, a chartered school in Saint Paul, and continued the path of personalized learning by completing an individualized Bachelor's degree in Environmental Communication and Public Policy through Metropolitan State University.
Tash Bottum is an attorney with the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron who helps companies with strategic planning that often involves acquisitions, mergers, and financial transactions. She also supports companies with their general corporate needs and governance related matters.
Shannon Mitchell is an attorney who works as a lobbyist at Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. Her experience includes working as a Director of Policy and Director of External Affairs at Educators for Excellence.
Ali Akhtar Shaikh
Ali Shaikh works with General Mills, supporting the company as a Global Brand Building with a special focus on innovative practices. Mr. Shaikh has a special interest in both innovation and education. His work has span multiple countries across the globe, resulting in a strong personal and professional network. Mr. Shaikh is a strong advocate for students, serving on the IQS Board and supporting schools overseas.
David Johnson, PhD
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
While on the Rockford District Board, Dr. Johnson was instrumental in the initiation of "Skills for Tomorrow," a charter school in St. Paul.
Kristin Anderson, EdD
Former Superintendent of Rockford Area Schools and Fertile-Beltrami Schools. She currently serves of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of MN College of Education and Human Development as well as on the Curriculum Advisory Council for the Education Leadership Department of the University of St. Thomas. Anderson served as the founding Board Chair of IQS.
Bennice is the former principal of Elizabeth Hall International Elementary School in the Minneapolis Public School District. She is a skilled instructional coach and supports the ENVoY program, focused on promoting healthy relationships between educators and students.
Haben Ghebregergish is the Lead Math Facilitator at the High School for Recording Arts. Haben is an alum of the University of Chicago and a current student at the Hamline University Graduate School of Education. Haben has the pleasure of facilitating social justice mathematics courses at HSRA. She also coaches for Bridgemakers, a nonprofit, youth-led organization that works on issues such as education reform and economic justice for marginalized Minnesotans ages 14-25. One of Bridgemakers’ most recent victories was passing a law that made high school students in Minnesota eligible for unemployment benefits.
Greg Thelen is a Certified Public Accountant at the professional services firm CliftonLarsonAllen. Greg is a Manager at CLA who works to provide audit, nonprofit tax and consulting services to health care organizations, with a focus on hospitals and health systems.