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On Demand

2023 Legislative Conference (On-Demand)

Total Credits: 3.0 including 3 MASBO Credit(s)

Tina Burkholder |  Adosh Unni |  Cathy Erickson |  Valerie Dosland
2 Hours 04 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Jun 01, 2023
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The MASBO Legislative Conference provides an overview of outcomes from the legislative session, giving members a true “head’s up” on what to expect in the coming year. The Conference will also be recorded and available to members following the event.

2023 MASBO Legislative Conference

1:00-1:15 Welcome, Session Overview
Tina Burkholder, Director of Business Services, ISD 882 Monticello; Valerie Dosland, MASBO Lobbyist

1:15-2:00 The Session in Review
Adosh Unni, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Education

2:00-2:10 Break

2:10-4:00pm Education Finance Update
Cathy Erickson, Director of School Finance, Minnesota Department of Education



Tina Burkholder's Profile

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Director of Business Services

ISD 882 Monticello

Adosh Unni's Profile

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Director of Government Relations

Minnesota Department of Education

As Director of Government Relations, Adosh Unni, J.D., serves as the primary liaison between the state legislature and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). He is responsible for monitoring all state and federal legislative activity relating to early childhood and K-12 education in Minnesota. This work includes assisting the commissioner in developing the department's legislative agenda and advocating that agenda at the state legislature. In addition, he is responsible for analyzing pending education legislation, collaborating with education partner groups, and tracking legislative activity. Adosh also serves as the department's legal counsel, identifying and analyzing legal issues as they arise and providing advice to the commissioner and executive team.

Prior to joining the department, Adosh served as a research consultant in the education area for the Minnesota House of Representatives. He also served in the Director of Government Relations role at MDE from 2014 to 2018. In between his two periods at the department, he was a staff attorney at Education Minnesota.  Adosh holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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Director of School Finance

Minnesota Department of Education

Valerie Dosland's Profile

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MASBO Lobbyist

Ewald Consulting

Valerie Dosland is the Director of Government Affairs at Ewald Consulting, where she provides government relations and lobbying services to clients in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Valerie assists her clients in policy development, lobbying and monitoring of legislative activities as well as grassroots development and engagement. Prior to joining Ewald Consulting in 2005, she worked for nine years at the Minnesota House of Representatives as a research consultant specializing in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Valerie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A., is an alumni of the U of M’s Humphrey Policy Fellows program, and serves on the board of the YMCA Youth in Government Program.