Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has elected two new members to its board of trustees; Shawntera Hardy and Vivek Agrawal.

“We are excited to welcome two individuals who’ve demonstrated real leadership in our communities and their respective fields,” said Jon McTaggart, president and CEO of MPR. “These impressive leaders bring new perspectives, strategic acumen, proven experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, and a passion for public service using media. Shawntera and Vivek are true fans of MPR and will be terrific additions to the MPR Board.”

Hardy has over 15 years of combined experience in government and community relations, urban planning and workforce and economic development. Prior to her role as cofounder of Civic Eagle, a tech company that has developed productivity and collaboration software that allows advocacy teams to easily research and analyze state and federal legislation, Hardy served as the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Before that, she was deputy chief of staff in the Office of Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith.

Hardy is also the founder of PolicyGrounds Consulting, a strategy firm working at the intersection of public policy and placemaking and co-founder of Fearless Commerce, a publication and platform focused on elevating Black women business owners.

Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Hardy holds a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo – School of Architecture and Planning.

Agrawal’s is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and focuses on strategy, operations and organizational issues across a wide range of financial institutions in North America and Asia. He has also served as head of McKinsey’s insurance practice for the Asia-Pacific region, head of life insurance practice for North America, and managing partner for the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Agrawal has authored numerous research articles on innovation and performance in financial services, the most recent being “The Life Journey,” a series of perspectives on what winners are doing to separate themselves in life insurance markets in the United States, Japan, Korea, China, India and southeast Asia.

Agrawal has served several public sector clients and led research initiatives, one of which was a fellowship of the McKinsey Global Institute. There, he co-authored studies on productivity growth of the United States economy and the impact of foreign direct investments.

Agrawal attended the Indian Institute of Technology for his bachelor’s degree and earned his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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