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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.
Kathy Marsh is responsible for MHTA’s marketing and communication efforts, as well as the liason to many of the organization’s partners. Kathy has been with the association for over six years – serving as the director of programs and events for the majority of that time. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in communications arts.
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.
Erika MacCallum has extensive experience as an event coordinator and public policy assistant. She also is the staff liason to MHTA’s ACE Leadership Program and Women Leading in Technology. Erika worked as an Election Assistant for Ramsey County and is completing her Masters degree at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
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.
Jon joined MHTA in February 2013, where he works with entrepreneurs and startups to help build Minnesota’s innovation and technology economy. Additionally, he supports workforce development initiatives focused on reducing Minnesota’s IT skills gap. Prior to MHTA, Jon served as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department in Nigeria and Mexico, as well as in the Africa Bureau at State Department headquarters in Washington. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in International Affairs, focusing on International Economic Affairs, from George Washington University.