Linda Tacke founded Leadership Tactics, Inc. in 2000 as a consulting firm specializing in nonprofit leadership transitions and change management.  In 2003, Linda joined a number of national cohorts, funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Executive Leadership Transition and Capacity Building Project, to shape and introduce into their respective geographies an innovative multi-phase Executive Transition Management (ETM) approach. ETM now assists countless organizations in successfully managing a change in executive leadership. The approach consists of widely adaptable services and practices that help organizations prepare for and select new leadership to ensure their long term success.   

Linda holds Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Theology and a Master in Business Administration. She spent nearly a decade as a Franciscan nun before transitioning to positions in finance for General Mills and Target Corporation followed by a decade in nonprofit executive leadership for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Minneapolis and Turning Point, Inc. She served three years as Senior Administrative Officer of the Pohlad Family Foundation, providing grant administration, project management, and Program Related Investment portfolio oversight. Linda is an adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas with a special focus on charter school financial training.

Since 2001, Linda has served 24 organizations as an interim CEO or Executive Director and supported others with transition and leadership continuity consulting.

She serves on several national boards, including the World Craft Counsel North American Division and the University of Integrative Medicine.  She is engaged in local community activities and loves biking, kayaking and the arts of Lanesboro, MN. She is the biking member of the We Tri Harder triathlon team and has been a member of the same book club for 27 years. She is a practitioner of Appreciative Inquiry and trained as a Third Order Neutral in mediation.



Patty Wilder joined Leadership Tactics in 2012. Patty holds bachelor degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration. She has over 30 yearsexperience, primarily in the public and non-profit sectors, serving in CEO and VP positions. Prior to joining Leadership Tactics, Patty was the VP of Catholic Charities where she oversaw 40 program areas and developed innovative program strategies. The programs served a wide variety of individuals including those who were experiencing homelessness, elders, youth in residential settings, immigrant and refugee populations, and children in an early childhood center as well as services through community clinics. Patty also served as the director of the Center for Nonprofit Management at the University of St. Thomas, teaching in the MBA program and serving as a concentration director. Other career highlights includes serving as executive director of a human services research, planning and citizens engagement organization that was an incubator for spawning new organizations and a think tank for addressing human service needs in the first, second, and third ring communities.

Patty studied effective public/private/nonprofit partnerships as a part of her Bush Fellowship and spent three years on a special initiative related to succession planning and effective leadership transitions working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Patty is a frequent community volunteer and has served on many local boards. She is an adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas with special focus in leadership training for new executive directors. She is a student of Qi Gong and meditation practices.



Ryan Schroeder joined Leadership Tactics as a consultant in 2015. He has a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Studies. With nearly 4 decades of experience in senior management for local governments, including 25 as a Chief Executive, Ryan served as the City Administrator for the City of Cottage Grove and Ramsey, MN for 18 and 7 years respectively and as Assistant City Manager for the City of Robbinsdale, MN. He is highly regarded for his expertise in fiscal management and budgeting, strategic management, fiscal metrics, economic development and redevelopment, tax increment, project management, property and facility management and construction, human resources, labor relations and labor contracts, and municipal leadership. Ryan has lectured, consulted and provided court and legislative testimony on public sector governance, organizational budgeting, and various development topics.  

Ryan has been instrumental in the creation of three industrial/business parks. He spearheaded lead generation, entitlements, site development and infrastructure, incentive development and negotiation and in many cases planning review. He is credited with creation of over 30 industrial projects ranging from 20,000 square feet to over 200,000 square foot, representing well over $100 million in taxable market value. He also created and managed tenant improvements for one of the few publicly owned Business Enterprise Centers in the state of Minnesota. He redeveloped several blighted parcels into commercial and multi-family housing projects requiring land assembly, site improvements, development contracts, and infrastructure construction. Ryan served as project manager for two City Hall constructions and a stand-alone police department facility; and provided oversight for a golf course, event center, and an Ice Arena expansion.

Ryan has a passion for fiscal strategic planning and policy development that has resulted in multiple bond rating upgrades for the Cities under his management. His past municipal leadership is key to Leadership Tactics effective work with municipalities leadership changes, project management, budgeting, turn-around, and economic development projects.