Thursday, February 9, 2012

Monten receives Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotan award

Ross A. Monten (MPP '11) is a cancer survivor and military veteran. On the night of the great Halloween snowstorm in 1991, Ross was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, entering remission in June 1993. He began active duty service in the U.S. Air Force in 2005, following graduation from Northfield High School. Volunteering for combat, Monten served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2007. He then completed his A.S. and B.A. in 23 months with high honors while on active duty, then served in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. in 2009. Earning a Master of Science from the London School of Economics in 2010 and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School in 2011, Ross began working in both private equity for Grey Mountain Partners in Minneapolis and as a private energy and defense consultant. Through these efforts, 63 jobs were created in various Upper Midwest small businesses. Ross has published opinion pieces in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Northfield News and has spoken to local groups about nuclear weapon policy in the 21st century. In December 2011, Ross was named as a Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotan (TOYM) by the Minnesota Jaycees. He currently attends the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, and was commissioned as a Special Duty Naval Intelligence Officer in January 2012.

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