May 25, 2012supports the Citizens League's work. What do you do? "Independent business consultant and Partner in Midwest Growth, LLC a real estate development and commercial property management company." How did you get involved in the Citizens League? "I was briefly involved in the early 80's and in 2009 joined the Development Committee at the urging of my friend and colleague, Judy Blaseg, who was chairing the committee. "I am currently serving on the Finance Committee and am chairing the Development Committee. I am especially interested and active in Minnesota's energy future." Why do you support the Citizens League? "The League is an oasis for data driven pragmatists (e.g. me) who believe it's possible to find sensible and affordable solutions to complicated issues. "My idea of fun is a lively, non-partisan exchange of ideas about 'hot' topics and I have fun at the League. "I happen to have friends across the political spectrum and the League is one of the rare places where we can be ourselves and not be judged as 'out of step' with our respective political party. "I am disappointed (understatement) in party politics, the candidates they surface and the narrow band of solutions they propose. "My parents grew up in Germany during Hitler's rise to power and watched that democracy descend into insanity. They taught me from an early age that a democracy is a fragile thing and that its survival depends on each of us being informed and engaged. "It's the most fun bunch of wonks you'll ever meet." What's something people might not know about you? "I have a 50-ton Masters license from the USCG, better known as a Captain's license and my husband and I are planning to sail around the world. "I grew up speaking German and learned English in school. "I went to the Senior Prom with Jay Leno." Contact Membership and Engagement Manager Cat Beltmann at 651-289-1075 or cbeltmann[at]citizensleague.org to share your membership story or find out how to get more involved.
Posted by lschumacher at May 25, 2012 8:46 AM