Charlie Weaver announced he will be stepping down as the executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership this summer.
Weaver, who has been with the Business Partnership since 2003, said he will stay on throughout the legislative session and then step down to make way for a fresh perspective. Making the decision was bittersweet, Weaver said, but it felt like the right time.
“I love public policy and I love working with businesses,” Weaver said. “I am going to take a breath, and then I hope to work in that area.”
Weaver, 65, has a long history in public policy. After working as an attorney in private practice and then as an Anoka County prosecutor, he represented the Anoka area in the Minnesota House of Representatives during the 1990s. He was Gov. Jesse Ventura’s public safety commissioner and then served as Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s first chief of staff in 2003.
Weaver said he is unsure what his next steps look like, although he has gotten offers to consult and serve on boards.
Even opening his own bait shop is on the table, he said. And he already has a name picked out:
“Leeches and Legal Advice – only one of them is worth anything,” he said with a chuckle.
The Minnesota Business Partnership is a nonpartisan organization that works to shape public policy issues affecting Minnesota’s jobs, health care, education and economy. Its executive committee includes the CEOs of well known east metro companies including 3M, Bremer Financial, Ecolab, Hubbard Broadcasting, Land O’Lakes and Securian.
Throughout his time at the organization, Weaver helped the business community navigate policy, development and public engagement in a rapidly changing environment, said Jeff Harmening, the Business Partnership’s chairman and CEO of General Mills, in the company’s news release.
Tim Frischmon of executive recruitment firm Furst Group has been hired to find Weaver’s replacement along with the help of the company’s executive committee, Weaver said.
“If there’s one thing I’ve proven at the partnership, it’s that anybody can do this job,” he joked.