Russell Fraenkel

Russell Fraenkel

IT Pathways Director

Russell works with partner organizations to inspire young people to become our next, best Minnesota-grown technologists. He leads the IT Discovery Network and Tech IT Out!MN engagement strategies. He is also the Executive Director of Leading-Edge Collaborations, Inc., a business dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations to achieve success through high quality collaboration strategies. He holds a BS degree from the University of Minnesota and a MA degree from the University of St. Thomas. His passion for public education and achieving effective partnerships guided his 30 year career as a Community Education Administrator for four metro area school districts.

Russell and his wife Rebecca lived for many years in Minneapolis and currently reside in Mahtomedi where they raised a daughter and son. He loves the outdoors, golfing, yoga, gardening/landscaping, and supporting others to realize their aspirations and potential.

(612) 659-7221

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IT Center of Excellence

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St. Paul, MN 55108

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A COE is a dedicated team that works close with industry and educators to attract students to, and prepares students for, high demand industries in Minnesota that face workforce shortages currently and in the future.