is a fourth generation North Dakotan.
winters attending school in Bismarck, North Dakota and his
summers on his
grandparent's farm on the edge of Millarton, ND (pop. 15).
has many fond memories of his
time on the farm, such as the time his
first bicycle arrived on the train, which came to town two days a week, and some not so wonderful memories, like picking rock all day in the fields or tossing hay with a pitchfork up into the barn hay loft in 90+ degree heat.
All in all though, these days played a big role in Jerry
's lifelong commitment to rural advocacy. >p>Jerry attended primary and secondary school in Bismarck.
He attended Bismarck High School where he assumed that the team name, the Demons, was also a descriptor for how students should behave.
graduated from high school in 1969 and then began a rather long college career adhering to the perspective that schooling should never interfere with his
Jerry finally received an MA in economics from the University of North Dakota in 1984.
Along the way to his
worked for several organizations, sometimes even as the director, including the Association for Human Development
, North Dakota Rural Development Corporation
, the Crookston Enterprise Development Center
, the Northwest Regional Development Commission
, and the Red River Trade Council
also served as an economic development advisor to former North Dakota Governor Art Link.
also coauthored Talking Wires, a history of North Dakota's
rural telephone cooperatives and authored "Aid to the Poor: Am I My Brothers Keeper", a humanities study guide.
Currently Jerry serves as the President of the Northern Great Plains Inc. a non-profit applied research, demonstration and convening organization.
focuses its work on futures study, creating economic opportunity, and supporting a healthy environment and vital communities.
provides leadership, strategic direction and management to this a five-state collaborative rural development initiative.
works closely with an 18 member Board of Directors representing 5 states and two Canadian provinces and maintains productive communications with local, state and federal officials, rural development organizations and public leaders.
is coauthor of several NGP publications including "The New Marketplace
in European Agriculture: Environmental and Social Values within the Food Chain", "Private Sector Protocols: Threats and Opportunities for American farmers", and Towards New Horizons: Trends in Transportation and Trade - Moving the Northern Great Plains Region to a Stronger Economic Future.
He was an editor of Renewing the Countryside-North Dakota.
Jerry serves on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees including the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, the Consensus Council, the National League of Cities International Task Force, and the Canadian-American Border Trade Alliance.
has also attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University
as a Fannie Mae Foundation
is also a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow.