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Marie Monrad

Marie Monrad is currently the Principal at Monrad Strategies, providing strategic consulting for S2i and non-profit organizations, governments, cultural and tribal organizations. She previously served as Vice President for Strategy and Operations at Kaiser Permanente’s national headquarters in Oakland, CA for the health system’s Office of Labor Management Partnership, working on internal performance improvement and external relations with major public sector and union health purchasers.  Prior to that she served as the Public Policy Director for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) at the union’s national headquarters in Washington DC, where she researched, developed  and represented the union’s positions on economic, fiscal, health and social welfare issues at the White House and federal agencies as well as with governors, mayors and legislatures.  She also held the Assistant West Region Director position for AFSCME, responsible for political, legislative, organizing and public opinion campaigns in 13 states.  She worked as a counselor in a residential treatment center for court-appointed youth and as a Civil Rights Investigator at the Human Relations Commission in Sioux Falls, SD, and as a lobbyist in the SD legislature. She has a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a B.S. degree from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN and completed the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard’s Business School.

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