MnCCC Spotlight: Stephanie Radtke

MnCCC Spotlight Stephanie Radtke of Dakota County

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello!  I currently serve as Chair of the Human Services User Group (HSUG), which MnCCC chartered in late 2019.  Although we’ve spent the pandemic years getting the HSUG off the ground, I’m very excited about the possibilities for county-developed human services technology solutions through MCCC.  Like so many others, I’m passionate about transforming our human services delivery system to focus on the people we serve, reduce disparities, and strengthen our communities.

I’m originally from central Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Behavioral Science and Law.  I moved to Minnesota to attend law school and received a JD from Hamline Mitchell.  After 30-plus years in Minnesota, I hope I’m almost a native!  I’ve worked in county government for almost 12 years, all with the Dakota County Community Services division.  Prior to my county work, I’ve also held leadership positions within the Department of Human Services Health Care Administration and at Thomson Reuters.  I am very interested in the connectivity between technology, operations, data, policy, and practice to achieve improved outcomes. 

I also enjoy many interests including travel, music, art, antiquing, gardening, community service, and spending time with family and friends at our lake home in northern Wisconsin.  I’m married with two sons, and time spent by any body of water is time well spent in my book.         

What was your first job?

Aside from babysitting, my first job was waitressing in high school at a Marc’s Big Boy in Wisconsin.  I can still remember the brown polyester uniform and hairnet….. Ugh!      

What is your role with Dakota county?

I currently serve as Community Services Director for Partner Relations and Strategic Initiatives.   In this role, I’m very active in Human Services Modernization efforts and serve as Co-chair for the MACSSA Modernization Steering Committee and on multiple Modernization governance groups.  I also lead Community Services legislative advocacy, policy development, strategic data initiatives, and play a significant role in partner and community engagement.     

What interests you about MnCCC?

Minnesota is a “state-supervised, county-administered” state for human services.  That model presents both opportunities and many challenges.  Given the potential for inefficient use of tax dollars, I really value MnCCC establishing the administrative and legal framework for collaboration and investment on shared solutions.  The MnCCC reputation for quality solutions at a good price is very impressive.      

What is something on your bucket list?

My husband and I love to travel and we pretty much want to go everywhere!  Within the next 10-15 years, we very much want to live abroad at least several months of the year.   Our goal is to live in a different country every year for as long as we can.