Northern Region Leaders

Jill Krueger


(952) 452-9705

Jill Krueger, J.D., is director of the Network's Northern Region Office. She specializes in providing legal technical assistance, building relationships and fostering connections among public health leaders across the country, and creating practical legal tools and training to assist practitioners, attorneys and advocates in crafting public health solutions. Jill has a particular interest in promoting the use of food and agricultural laws (including nutrition, farm safety net, conservation, rural development, and research programs) to better support health at the population level. Before joining the Network, Jill served as a senior staff attorney at Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), a national nonprofit law center that provides legal services to family farmers and rural communities. While at FLAG, Jill served as principal investigator in a healthy eating research project. The resulting report, Planting the Seeds for Public Health: How the Farm Bill Can Help Farmers to Produce and Distribute Healthy Foods, was released in the summer of 2010. Earlier in her legal career, Jill served as an assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. Jill graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law and Earlham College.

Betsy Lawton

Senior Staff Attorney

(952) 452-9697

Betsy Lawton is a senior staff attorney at the Network's Northern Region Office, where she provides legal technical assistance, delivers presentations and lectures, and builds connections in many areas of public health law. Before joining the Network, Betsy spent over a decade working to improve water quality as an attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), where she focused on Clean Water Act implementation and enforcement, reducing agricultural pollution, and preventing drinking water contamination, and represented a broad range of individuals and communities facing water pollution problems. Betsy received her JD, and a Certificate of Environmental Law, from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.