Alana has over 25 years of public policy, campaign, and political experience in Minnesota. Petersen recently retired from the U.S. Senate with 20 years of service between the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate. In the United States Senate, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for both Senator Franken and Senator Smith.

Currently, Petersen serves as President of Petersen Group/Canary Consulting established in 2012. Petersen advises campaigns and non-profits, including but not limited to U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s campaign, Public Policy of International Affairs (PPIA), MN Senate Caucus, Governor Tim Walz, and the 2020 Biden/Harris Presidential campaign.

Petersen’s other experience includes managing U.S. Senate races, advising Presidential campaigns, numerous states, and local races, and three recounts.  Petersen has also served as an Executive Director of a statewide non-profit, a federal government relations practice, and a political consultant.

Petersen serves as board chair for Women Winning and the East Central Regional Arts Council, and treasurer for the Pine County Minnesota Farmers Union chapter.  Petersen’s work has been recognized by the MN DFL, Governor Tim Walz, and Senator Tina Smith.  She received her BA from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and is pursuing her master’s from the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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Alana Petersen