Shawntera M. Hardy is an award-winning policy professional and serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience leading work in the areas of government affairs, health-care access, economic and workforce development, environmental sustainability, city planning, and international affairs. She has an innate ability to practically connect people, processes, and policies.
Hardy's current leadership includes principal at PolicyGrounds Consulting, a strategic management firm working at the intersection of public policy development, organizational effectiveness, and economic development; cofounder and CSO for Civic Eagle, a tech company building policy intelligence software that automates state and federal legislative tracking; and cofounder of Fearless Commerce, a publication and platform focused on elevating Black women business owners.
Prior to going full-time in her business ventures, she was appointed by Minnesota governor Mark Dayton as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) where she led a team of 1,300 public servants with an annual budget of $600 million. While at DEED, she played a critical role in shaping the lives of Minnesotans by spearheading the state's investment in inclusive economic growth and operational excellence. Additional past leadership roles include deputy chief of staff for Governor Dayton; policy director for FreshEnergy; government relations manager for HealthPartners; and city planner for the City of Saint Paul.
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Hardy holds a bachelor of science degree in consumer affairs from Ohio State University, and a master of urban and regional planning degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.