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John Van Hecke, Senior Fellow & Founding Executive Director

John Van Hecke

John Van Hecke was Minnesota 2020's founding executive director. After 7 years leading MN2020's progressive policy fight, he retired from leadership in 2014 and continues to contribute as a Senior Fellow.

John grew up on hog, cattle, corn and soybean farm south of Walnut Grove, Minnesota. He graduated from Macalester College, served as a Minnesota 4-H Foundation Fellow at the National 4-H Center, worked for the late Congressman Bruce F. Vento and presently serves on the Saint Paul Charter Commission. He and his family live in Saint Paul.

You can find John's previous writings here.