Jodi Sandfort is a Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Chair of
the school’s Management and Leadership Area. Her research, teaching, and practice all focus on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. Jodi received a Ph.D. in political science and social work in 1997 from the University of Michigan. She also holds a master's degree
in social work from the University of Michigan and a B.A.
from Vassar College (magna cum laude).
Jodi Sandfort has spent her career moving back and forth between professional practice and academic posts.
She was a Senior Fellow at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and directed the Human Service Program at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, where she managed a portfolio of $20 million in annual giving directed to the human service system in Minnesota.
Currently, she is the Academic Director of the Future Services Institute and the Hubert Project (see links to the right). She is a Family Self-Sufficiency Scholar funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation. In 2015, she was the co-chair of the Public Management Research Association conference, hosting scholars from around the world in Minneapolis. She also has worked as senior strategy consultant with the Bush Foundation and special assistant to the President of the University of Minnesota.