Denise Cardinal is Executive Director of WIN Minnesota and held several positions with progressive candidates, causes and campaigns including Senator Al Franken (D-MN) in his 2014 re-election and the successful 2010 IE effort credited with DFL Governor Mark Dayton’s victory. She was Executive Director of ProgressNow, a 21-state network of communications organizations. She started Alliance for a Better Minnesota in 2007, which is widely touted as a national model (see: New York Times, Mother Jones, Star Tribune). Before moving back to Minnesota, Denise served as Senior Press Officer for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. and as the Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). She’s worked at newspapers in Nevada, Idaho, Iowa and earned a degree in Journalism from Drake University. She’s the first in her family to attend and graduate from college, and lives in Saint Paul with her two school-aged children, husband and rescue dog.