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Connected and Automated Vehicles

CAV Advisory Council

In April 2019 Governor Walz issued an executive order (PDF), appointing a Connected and Automated Vehicles Advisory Council to study, assess, and prepare for the opportunities and challenges associated with the widespread adoption of connected and automated vehicles (CAV) and other transportation technologies. The members serve from October 2019 to April 2023.

Meet the Advisory Council


  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Co-Chair – Commissioner, Department of Transportation
  • Amber Backhaus – Automobile Dealers Association
  • Dan Chen – 3M
  • Ryan Daniel – St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit
  • Jacob Frey (Represented by Robin Hutcheson) – City of Minneapolis
  • Michael Gorman – Split Rock Partners
  • John Hausladen – Minnesota Trucking Association
  • Phil Magney, Co-Chair – VSI Labs
  • Laurie McGinnis – University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies
  • Myrna Peterson – Mobility Mania
  • Edward Reynoso – Teamsters Joint Council
  • Damien Riehl – Fastcase Legal Research Platform
  • Vicky Rizzolo – American Family Insurance
  • Bret Weiss - WSB
  • Patrick Weldon – Polaris

Ex Officio members

  • Mayor Jason Gadd – League of Minnesota Cities
  • Councilmember Tina Folch - League of Minnesota Cities
  • Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis – Department of Administration
  • Commissioner Thom Peterson – Department of Agriculture
  • Commissioner Steve Kelley (Represented by Anne O’Connor) – Department of Commerce Commissioner
  • Commissioner Steve Grove – Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Commissioner Jan Malcolm (Represented by Emily Smoak) – Department of Health
  • Commissioner Jodi Harpstead – Department of Human Services
  • Commissioner Mark Phillips (Represented by Jason Metsa) – Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Department
  • Commissioner John Harrington – Department of Public Safety
  • Commissioner Cindy Bauerly – Department of Revenue
  • Commissioner Tarek Tomes – MNIT Services
  • Commissioner Laura Bishop (Represented by Todd Biewen) – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Wayne Sandberg – County Representative of Association of Minnesota Counties
  • Alexandra Bartolic – Interim Executive Director of Minnesota Council on Disability
  • Rep. Connie Bernardy – Majority Party Representative for Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Sen. Scott Newman – Majority Party Representative for Minnesota Senate
  • Sen. Scott Dibble – Minority Party Representative for Minnesota Senate
  • Chairwoman Cathy Chavers – Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
  • Charlie Zelle - Chair, Met Council
  • Rep. Steve Elkins - Minnesota House of Representatives

CAV Advisory Council goals

Executive Order 19-18 (PDF), which established the CAV Advisory Council, outlines several priorities for its members, including:

  • Study, assess, and prepare for the opportunities and challenges that CAV may bring
  • Review CAV developments and trends
  • Explore partnership opportunities
  • Propose policies to safely test and deploy CAV
  • Implement recommendation from the 2018 Advisory Council’s Executive Report
  • Consult with communities experiencing transportation barriers not represented on the Council
  • Prepare an annual report to the Governor by February 1, 2020 addressing Council activities and actions needed to ensure Minnesota is advancing CAV
  • Advise and support the Governor, MnDOT, the Department of Public Safety, and local government to support the safe testing and deployment of CAV

Advisory Council meetings

Dec. 13, 2019 meeting

Back row from left: Mark Phillips, Anne O’Connor, Patrick Weldon, Michael Gorman, Amber Backhaus, Laurie McGinnis, Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Phil Magney, John Hauslauden, Mayor Tina Folch, Damien Riehl, Senator Scott Dibble, Vicky Rizzolo, Todd Biewen. Front row from left to right: Dan Chen, Robin Hutchinson, Commissioner Alice Roberts-Dais, Representative Connie Bernardy, Joan Willshire, Emily Smoak.

Governor Tim Walz’ Connected and Automated Vehicle Advisory Council met for the first time on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, to discuss the future of transportation in Minnesota. The committee is co-chaired by MnDOT’s Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher and VSI Labs President Phil Magney.

For questions and comments about the CAV Advisory Committee contact Kristin White at kristin.white@state.mn.us.

Meeting materials

May 26, 2020

February 18, 2020

January 22, 2020

December 13, 2019

Minnesota CAV Innovation Alliance

In May 2020, the Governor’s Advisory Council on CAV established the CAV Innovation Alliance to coordinate statewide CAV related efforts. The Alliance is comprised of five committees who will coordinate and prioritize activities in the following areas:

  • Safety and Law Enforcement
  • Connectivity & Data
  • Infrastructure Investment
  • Labor and Workforce Development
  • Outreach & Education

The CAV Innovation Alliance is made up of members from broad range of industries. Current members includes but is not limited to representatives from universities and technical colleges, private industry, non-profits, and government. If you would like to learn more about how you and your organization can get involved with the CAV Innovation Alliance please contact Tara Olds at tara.olds@state.mn.us.

Add your name to the email list

Contact the Connected and Automated Vehicle Program’s Executive Director, Kristin White at kristin.white@state.mn.us to add your name to the email list to receive CAV Advisory Council updates, or to learn more about the Minnesota CAV Advisory Council.         

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