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John Van Hecke, Senior Fellow & Founding Executive Director
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.