Effective January 5, 2015, Carlson School student Erin Dady, ’15 MBA, will assume the role of Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations at the University of Minnesota. As special assistant, Dady will lead the Office of Government and Community Relations and work to advance the interests of the University system at the capitol in St. Paul, in Washington, D.C., and among University community partners and neighbors.“Erin is an outstanding leader with a strong record of success in solving complex public problems, motivating teams to achieve results, and effectively managing operational and budget challenges,” says University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler.Dady has more than 14 years of experience in government relations. As St. Paul Mayor Coleman's chief of staff, she oversaw all Mayor's Office staff, operations, and initiatives, and advised the mayor on the city's $500 million annual budget and the city’s 3,000 employees. In this role, Dady led a coalition to secure $25 million from the state to build the Lowertown Ballpark and organized a coalition to increase local government aid to Minnesota cities, resulting in more than $10 million in additional revenue to the City of St. Paul.
Previously, Dady served as finance director for Chris Coleman for Mayor and as political director for Betty McCollum for Congress. She also gained federal experience working in D.C. for Rep. McCollum and for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She serves on the boards of Women Winning and Habitat for Humanity.
She holds a BA in political science from Northwestern University, and expects to complete her MBA from the Carlson School in spring of 2015.