Jodi Sandfort is a Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 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. In January 2021, she will become the next Dean of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington
In the last five years, she has focused her attention on supporting organizational, product and service redesign to enable innovation in social welfare policy. Dr. 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. She also is an elected Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration.
For nearly a decade, she was Chair of the Humphrey school’s Management and Leadership Area. She also is the Foundation and Academic Director of the Future Services Institute and the Hubert Project (see links to the right). 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).