MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) announced today that Margaret Anderson Kelliher will serve as its next president beginning January 2011. Currently Kelliher serves as speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and was recently an endorsed candidate for governor of Minnesota.
"Through her previous positions in government and extensive community involvement, Margaret brings excellent experience collaborating with individuals and organizations, great familiarity with public policy and strong communication skills to the position," said Joy Lindsay, chair of the board, MHTA. "Margaret is a proven leader, and we are excited to utilize her strengths to promote the growth and sustainability of Minnesota's technology-based economy."
MHTA selected Kelliher after an extensive and strategic process managed by KeyStone Search, a Minneapolis-based executive search consulting firm.
"I am passionate about advancing education and job growth in Minnesota, and serving as president of MHTA will allow me to do that," said Kelliher. "MHTA represents many voices in Minnesota technology, and I feel my experiences in government and community involvement will benefit the collaborative building of relationships across the state. I'm looking forward to leading the MHTA to expand Minnesota's future workforce, advocate for its members and build partnerships to advance technology across the state."
Kelliher is a lifelong Minnesotan and earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and was a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. She earned a bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in political science with a concentration in history.
During her tenure as speaker, Kelliher guided the passage of a nation-leading renewable energy standard. In the face of historic economic challenges, Kelliher created a Jobs Task Force, recognizing the need to invest in job creation and training skilled workers for the new economy. Kelliher also teaches at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
About the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) promotes the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota's technology-based economy through public-policy advocacy, member collaboration and education and community outreach. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota's entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. MHTA works in partnership with TechAmerica, which represents Minnesota's technology organizations nationally. Find out more online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.
SOURCE Minnesota High Tech Association