Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, Tess Van Schepen served as the director of operations on the Tim Walz for Governor campaign in Minnesota; she also coordinated statewide strategic scheduling and managed relationships with campaign stakeholders. Previously, Van Schepen worked in the office of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) as his deputy state scheduler and operations coordinator. She graduated from Macalester College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies.