Chas Anderson has more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors as an advisor on state policy, politics, and corporate strategy and communications. Her expertise flows from her work in politics and in state government as well as in the private sector on behalf of corporate and non-profit clients. Chas served as Executive Director and Chief of Staff of the Minnesota House of Representatives (2011-14) and for two governors including serving as Deputy Commissioner of Education for Governor Tim Pawlenty (2003-10). As Executive Director and Chief of Staff in the Minnesota House, Chas managed over 200 employees and directed the legislative appropriations process and decision-making for the $60 billion all funds and two-year state budget.
In 2012, Chas was named “Top Legislative Staffer” by Politics in Minnesota and in 2001 received an award from the Minnesota Supreme Court for her work on improving access to the Judiciary. Chas earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from St. Cloud State University and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
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Sarah C. Walker has extensive government relations, lobbying, and policy experience. Prior to her current government affairs work, Sarah spent five years as the Chief Operating Officer at 180 Degrees, Inc. During her time at 180 Degrees, Inc., Sarah founded the Second Chance Coalition.
Sarah serves as a board member of the William Mitchell Reentry Clinic Advisory Board, St. Paul African-American Leadership Council and Twin Cities Rise. She has also served on the Council on Black Minnesotans and the Sentencing Guidelines Commission. Sarah’s public policy has received many accolades. She was the recipient of the 2010 Minnesota Council of Non-Profits Statewide Advocacy Award, 2010 Hennepin County Bar Association Advancing Justice Award, 2010 and 2011 winner of the Politics in Minnesota’s Leaders in Public Policy, and was named to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty. Sarah is a graduate of Carleton College and is completing her doctorate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.