Leadership & Staff

Leadership Team

The HUP Leadership Team guides the partnership’s direction and strengthens relationships between the two institutions.

Hennepin County Members

Commissioner Marion Greene
Hennepin County Board
Jodi Wentland
Deputy County Administrator - Health and Human Services
May Xiong
Assistant County Administrator - Disparity Reduction
David Hough
County Administrator
Lisa Cerney
Assistant County Administrator - Public Works
Jodie Wierimaa
Assistant County Administrator - Operations

University of Minnesota Members

Laurie Van Egeren
Laurie Van Egeren
Vice Provost for Public Engagement
Ed Goetz
Ed Goetz
Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
Robert McMaster
Robert McMaster
Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Education
Ryan Allen
Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher
Director, Minnesota Design Center
Jessica Hellmann
Executive Director, Institute on the Environment

HUP Staff

The HUP office is financially supported by both the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County and is staffed by one full-time director and multiple graduate assistants. HUP staff shape partnership strategy and identify and support opportunities for collaboration through events, relationship building, project evaluation, administrative assistance, and more.

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Amy Delahanty

As Director of the Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP), Amy oversees the strategic connection between one of the largest urban land-grant universities and one of the most populous and innovative counties in the nation. 

Amy Delahanty most recently served as Chief of Staff for the National Center for Principled Leadership and Research Ethics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In this role she provided overall management and coordination of NCPRE projects, processes, staff, and students.
Previously, Amy served as a public policy mediator for the National Policy Consensus Center, the State of Oregon’s center for Collaborative Governance and Public Policy Alternative Dispute Resolution. She spent much of her time devoted to supporting, managing, and facilitating cross-sector groups to collectively vision together and collaboratively work through conflict to address the most pressing issues in their communities. Amy has also served as an instructor in the Transiciones Program at Mt. Hood Community College. This program, deeply rooted in Popular Education and taught in Spanish, aims to support students pursuing their college education and career goals.

She holds a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State University. In her off-time, Amy enjoys running, ceramics, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and daughter.  
Sarah Miller
Program Development Coordinator