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About the Team

Participating agencies and programs 

The Minnesota Department of Administration is coordinating this effort and Keen Independent Research is leading the research team. Customer Research International will be conducting a survey of Minnesota businesses in fall 2024. Keen Independent Research and study team member Donaldson Consulting will be conducting in-depth interviews with businesses and trade associations. Holland & Knight is responsible for the legal framework for the study. Keen Independent Research performed the 2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study.

       ADMIN Team
  • Betsy Hayes, Assistant Commissioner
  • Igbal Mohammed, Manger Office of Equity in Procurement 
  • Rachel Dougherty, Enterprise Contracts Counsel
  • PaZong Thao, Contracts Specialist
            Igbal O. Mohammed serves as Administration’s main contact for this study: She can be reached at

 The following governmental entities are participating:

  • Minnesota Department of Administration
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • University of Minnesota
  • Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Mosquito Control District
  • Hennepin County
  • Ramsey County
  • City of Bloomington
  • City of Brooklyn Park
  • City of Minneapolis
  • City of Rochester
  • City of Saint Paul
  • Hennepin Healthcare System
  • Saint Paul Public Schools 

Keen Independent Research was hired to lead the research team. Keen Independent Research is a national market research and economic consulting firm that specializes in disparity studies. It has staff throughout the country, including Minnesota. David Keen, a Principal of the firm, is leading the 2025 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study. He has completed disparity studies for more than 100 government agencies since 1989 and has helped agencies successfully defend programs when challenged in court. David Keen has worked with states, local government agencies, and colleges and universities throughout the country.

External Stakeholder Group

Participating entities extended an invitation to interested business owners, industry stakeholders and others to provide input regarding the study. The External Stakeholder Group includes representatives of minority- and women-owned firms, large prime contractors, trade associations and other industry stakeholders. The group meets regularly during the study.

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