DFL Party Leadership

The Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party elects its Chair, Vice Chair, Outreach Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer at its Business Conference every two years. The Finance Chair is appointed by the State Party Chair and confirmed by the State Central Committee. The state party officers also include Minnesota’s Democratic National Committee members and sixteen directors who are elected at the state conventions. For a directory of the DFL Party Staff click here.

State Party Chair

Ken Martin

255 East Plato Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55107
(651) 293-1200

Ken Martin is currently serving his fourth term as Chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party. He has held this post since 2011—making him the longest serving Chairman in the 73-year history of the DFL.

Ken was only a senior at Eden Prairie High School when he joined Paul Wellstone’s campaign for U.S. Senate. And as he did for many people, Sen. Wellstone inspired Ken to pursue a political career dedicated to the principle that “we all do better, when we all do better.”

Ken has worked tirelessly to rebuild and refocus the DFL around that iconic ideal. When he was first elected Chairman, he inherited a party deeply in debt and reeling from recent defeats. By building the party to win and to last, Ken restored Minnesotans’ confidence in the DFL. He made the DFL what it is today—an all-day, year-round party dedicated to organizing communities, empowering the grassroots, electing progressive candidates, and improving the lives of all Minnesotans.

Given his success as the DFL Party Chairman, Ken was elected by his peers across the country to serve as the President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs in 2017. He also serves as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Through this national platform, Ken works with state and local party committees to build permanent, long-lasting political infrastructure so they can elect candidates from the school board to the Oval Office.

Before his election as Chairman, Ken spent two decades working to further progressive candidates and causes. He played key leadership roles on various campaigns, including Dayton for Governor in 2010, Hatch for Governor in 2006, Kerry for President in 2004, Humphrey for Secretary of State in 2002, and Gore for President in 2000. Ken led the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment campaign in 2008, which dedicated funding to the arts, environment, conservation, and parks and trails in Minnesota. It is the largest conservation finance measure in the nation to ever become law.

Ken holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Jennifer O’Rourke, live in Eagan, Minnesota, with their two sons.

State Party Vice Chair

Marge Hoffa

255 East Plato Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55107
(651) 293-1200

Marge is a native Minnesotan who has been heavily involved in the Minnesota DFL Party for the past two decades. She grew up near Duluth, where her father raised cattle and worked for the railroad. She attended high school in Northfield and Prior Lake, and then went to Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Marge first got involved in politics by volunteering on Paul Wellstone’s first senate campaign. Her experience there inspired her to continue fighting for progressive causes and candidates, and so she began volunteering on campaigns at every level – from school board to state legislature to Congress to President.

She has served as a precinct chair, senate district chair, delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a caucus convener, and has been Chair of the third congressional district since 2006.

Marge is a true “boots on the ground” activist. She has knocked on doors and made countless phone calls for campaigns at various levels all over the state, served on numerous task forces and special commissions within the Party, and acted as political director of the DFL Feminist Caucus.

Marge and her husband, Steve, live in Minnetonka with their two daughters, Jana and Julia. Steve works at a local paint company and is a proud union member. When she’s not working for the DFL, Marge is a travel agent for Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

State Party Outreach Officer

Shivanthi Sathanandan

255 East Plato Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55107
(651) 293-1200

Shivanthi Sathanandan is a young Asian American DFLer of Indian and Sri Lankan descent.  She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of immigrants who came to this country seeking the promise of the American Dream for their family.  Her mother was a nurse and proud MNA member, who instilled strong union values in Shivanthi.  Her father worked in accounting, and came from a family that lived the belief that political engagement should be a central part of every community member’s life.  Shivanthi is a graduate of St. Paul Central High School and the University of Minnesota.  She is currently the Managing Director of Outreach for a non-profit organization.

Shivanthi has been involved with the DFL since 2006.  Since that time she has served as Vice Chair of the 4th Congressional District, State Director, CD4 Director, a Delegate to the National Convention, a member of the State Outreach and Inclusion Committee, co-chair of the Personnel Committee, co-chair of the State Nominations Committee,  co-chair of the State Credentials Committee,  a board member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, a board member of the Minnesota Asian Democratic Association (also a constituency caucus of the DFL), a member of the Simon-Rest Committee, and as a member of several other advisory committees.

Shivanthi believes that activism begins in neighborhood communities and that successful electoral politics depends on direct person-to-person communications.  She has spent countless hours mobilizing volunteers, knocking doors, working the phones, and talking to voters for DFL campaigns at various level of government, including city, county, state and federal races.

State Party Secretary

Jacob Grippen

255 East Plato Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55107
(651) 293-1200

02.09.15.JacobJacob, the son of two educators, and the grandson of another, grew up in Caledonia, MN the County Seat of Houston County in southeastern Minnesota. Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from New York University in Social Studies Education.

Jacob has always been interested in history and politics, but found himself becoming very active in DFL party politics in the run up to the 2008 Presidential election. In the time that Jacob has been involved in the DFL he has amassed a wealth of experience. Jacob has served on the Executive Committee of the Houston County DFL, Winona County DFL, and First Congressional District DFL. He has also served the DFL at the State Level on the Affirmative Action Commission, (now the Outreach and Inclusion Committee), where he also spent time as its Secretary. Along with his current duties as State DFL Party Secretary, Jacob also sits on the State Constitution, Rules, and Bylaws Committee as an at-large member.

As a professional politico, Jacob has worked as a Field Organizer in southeastern Minnesota, as well as southwestern Minnesota, and he also had the unique and historic experience of being Recount Staff for the 2008 US Senate election, as well as the 2010 Governor election, where he worked under the leadership of Ken Martin. Jacob organized southeast Minnesota to defeat the hurtful marriage amendment as a staff member of Minnesotans United for All Families in 2012, and worked the historic 2013 Legislative Session for the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Jacob’s family instilled in him a dedication to volunteerism (his father Lee was the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for Houston County), and Jacob has not shied away from the family tradition, spending his time helping in a variety of ways –  as volunteer for the DFL, as well as other organizations such as being a Commissioner on the Winona Human Rights Commission, and as the Vice Chair of the Board of Mid West Music Fest in Winona, MN where he resides.

State Party Treasurer

Tyler Moroles

255 East Plato Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55107
(651) 293-1200

Tyler Moroles was born and raised in South Minneapolis with his Mom and three other siblings including his twin sister.  Tyler’s mother was raised in New Ulm Minnesota and his father grew up in a Chicano migrant working family and passed away when Tyler was only two.

Inspired by Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, Tyler volunteered to translate for Spanish speakers on election day while he was a senior at South High School in Minneapolis.  While in college at DePaul University pursuing a degree in Political Science, Tyler interned for Congressman Danny K Davis (IL 7th) in Washington DC and learned much of the inner-workings of Congress. During Tyler’s last year at DePaul University, Tyler studied abroad in Fes, Morocco learning Modern Standard Arabic. Afterwards in 2013, Tyler attended Columbia University in the City of New York where he earned his Master’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in International political economy.

In 2014 Tyler came back to Minnesota and was hired by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority as the Program Analyst of the Housing Choice Voucher Program.  He monitors, and forecasts a multi-million-dollar budget that serves around 5,500 low income families.  Currently, Tyler is working to develop innovative solutions to house more families in Areas of Opportunity while adjusting to budgetary constraints.

Tyler got involved in the DFL this past election cycle with the Ruben Vazquez (41A) and Mary Hernandez (55A) state house campaigns.  In August of 2016, Tyler was elected onto the SCC and the Party Affairs Committee. After the SCC, Tyler realized the DFL Latino Caucus was inactive, so he worked with other Latino Party Activists to revitalize the caucus by hosting many events in the community. Organized labor is also important to Tyler, he is the vice president of local 551 (MPHA) and sits on the Executive Board of AFSCME Council 5.

Tyler brings new energy into Party leadership and is excited to not only work with Party Treasurers across the state, but also advance progressive values and bring new voices into the DFL.

Other State Party Officers

  • State Party Directors

    Christina Bowstring
    Rachel Myers
    Josephine Myers-Kuykindall
    Lil Ortendahl
    Tawana Overton
    Shanti Shah
    Karen Wills
    Yemesrach Yohannes
    Frank Brown
    Joel Heller
    Del Jenkins
    Justin Lewandowski
    Dan McConnell
    Keith McLain
    Tim Velde
    Daniel Yang

State Party Standing Committees