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Margaret Anderson Kelliher is the President and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). Together with the associations 350 member companies and organizations, Margaret works to fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. United behind a common vision to make Minnesota one of the country’s top five technology states, MHTA members represent various technology sector, including IT, bio-sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean, green and edtech.
Prior to MHTA, Margaret served in the Minnesota legislature, including two terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Characterized as the “calm inside the storm” by the Star Tribune, Margaret has demonstrated she is a strong, pragmatic leader. As House Speaker, she guided passage of a nation-leading renewable energy standard, built a broad coalition to enact Minnesota’s first comprehensive transportation funding bill in twenty years and was a champion of Minnesota’s Angel Investment Tax Credit.
In 2012, Margaret was appointed to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees. She chairs Governor Dayton’s Broadband Task Force, as well as teaches at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Minneapolis, the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Textile Center of Minneapolis.
Margaret graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Margaret and her husband live in Minneapolis; they have two college aged children.
Andrew Wittenborg handles member relations for MHTA and works to connect companies and organizations with the resources they need to grow Minnesota’s innovation and technology economy. Andrew joined MHTA from the Minnesota legislature where he served as a director of public affairs for the House of Representatives. He spent more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist and, during that time, was executive producer of special projects at both KSTP and WCCO television.
Lonni Ranallo manages administrative and accounting activities for MHTA. She has worked with the association for more than five years. Lonni enjoys biking and is active in the local arts community.
Tim Barrett manages MHTA’s STEM programing and workforce development activities with overall responsibilities for the getSTEM web portal, as well as scholarships and mentorship program. Tim has extensive experience developing and managing educational programs with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. He also works closely with the MHTA Foundation on STEM workforce initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and received his Masters of Arts degree from North Dakota State University.
John Dukich oversees all aspects of MHTA’s government relations activities and helps to foster a vibrant high tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in Minnesota. Prior to joining MHTA, John worked in government relations at the Minnesota State Bar Association and the law firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb. He has been published in professional journals in the fields of financial economics and philosophy of science. John holds a B.S. in Statistics and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.
Becky Siekmeier is MHTA’s SciTechsperience Internship Program Director. SciTechsperience is Minnesota’s paid internship program for college students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math degrees. Becky is an experienced team builder and project planner in both corporate and nonprofit settings. She recently received her Masters of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Angela joined MHTA in January 2013 to organize flagship events like Spring Conference and the Tekne Awards, in addition to other professional development, networking and advocacy events for MHTA. Angela joins MHTA from the Minnesota International Center where she spent the last nine years managing corporate relations and fundraising events. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Angela worked in higher education administration. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris and holds a Master’s Degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.