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Board Members Molly Chase and Dan Loritz Say Farewell

Left: Molly Chase; Right: Dan Loritz

June 14, 2024

The terms of Perpich Board Members Molly Chase and Dan Loritz have come to an end. Chase was appointed by Governor Tim Walz in 2020. Loritz was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2018 and reappointed to the Board in 2020 by Governor Tim Walz.

Dr. Charles Rick, Perpich Executive Director, said, “Molly and Dan were dedicated board members during their time on the Board of Directors. Molly was instrumental as chair of the Government Relations committee in advocating for the agency to state legislators. Dan shared his knowledge and background on the history and purpose of Perpich Center for Arts Education. I appreciated the time they shared with other board members and they will be missed.”

Pasha Khosravi, Board Chair, said, “It was a pleasure to work with both Dan Loritz and Molly Chase. Dan Loritz had the distinction of working with Rudy Perpich directly for many years and his time on the board was served with distinction. If I can describe Molly Chase with a word, it would be fearless. She worked very hard, particularly heading our government relations committee but was always humble when it came to praise. They will both be missed.”

Molly Chase (left) is presented with a retirement plaque by Board Chair Pasha Khosravi (right) at the May 16, 2024 Board meeting. A retirement plaque will be shipped to Dan Loritz.

Molly Chase moved to the Twin Cities in 2011 and transitioned her career from corporate management to nonprofit arts management. Her appointment to the Board, made by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, went into effect on September 28, 2020. During her four-year tenure as managing director of Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Molly directly assisted artists and arts organizations in advancing their goals, as well as oversaw stewardship of $1.2M on behalf of 235 fiscally sponsored arts organizations. Additionally, Molly served as managing director of HUGE Improv Theater for seven years, during which time she grew the organization’s annual budget more than threefold. A former vice president and executive producer at a Fortune 500 company, Molly began her career developing new digital products at WarnerMedia (Cartoon Network, Adult Swim) for eleven years, plus one year at Discovery Communications (Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, TLC, and HowStuffWorks). In her current work as an independent consultant, Molly takes a practical and engaging approach to goal setting, project evaluation, and process improvements. Molly is also an improviser and podcaster who directs and teaches improv. Early in her career, she produced independent film, including a documentary that profiled best practices in public middle school education.

Dan Loritz’s career in public policy spans four decades. He served fifteen years in Minnesota state government in a variety of leadership roles. He was a senior policy analyst, director of government relations and an assistant commissioner of education in the Department of Education and an assistant commissioner for state policy coordination in the State Planning Agency. He also served Governor Rudy Perpich, Minnesota’s longest service Governor, as his director of governmental relations and as his deputy chief of staff. Following his government service he served 18 years as the vice president of university relations at Hamline University. He is currently a Senior Fellow at, and President of, the Center for Policy Design.

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