Jeff Blodgett is the Board Chair of WIN Minnesota, an independent political donor table that works to keep Minnesota moving in a progressive direction. He has worked in Minnesota and national politics and public life for 34 years. In 2012 he served as State Director for the Obama campaign in Minnesota, a position he also held in 2008. In 2003, Jeff started and ran for 7 years the organization Wellstone Action, a national center of training, capacity building and leader development for people and organizations involved in politics and public life. He spent 13 years as a senior aide, advisor and campaign manager to the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, running all three of his election campaigns, including the hard-fought 2002 race cut short by tragedy 12 days before Election Day. He has a B.A. from Carleton College and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is on the faculty of the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has co-written two books: Politics the Wellstone Way and Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way.