Jeff Blodgett has over 30 years of experience in community organizing and political management. In addition to his leadership in founding Wellstone Action, Jeff also trains, teaches, and writes extensively on political skills, public management, and leadership development. Jeff studied with Paul Wellstone at Carleton College and began his career as a community organizer there, working with hard-pressed family farmers during the 1980s farm crisis. He later spent 13 years as a senior aide, advisor, and campaign manager to the late Senator (1989-2002), managing all three of his election campaigns, including the hard-fought 2002 race that was tragically cut short by a plane crash. Jeff has served in key positions in dozens of other campaigns, including a post as Senior Advisor for Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's 2006 race, and GOTV Senior Advisor for the 2004 Kerry Coordinated Campaign in Minnesota. A 1983 graduate of Carleton College, he earned his master of public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1998.