Friday, October 31, 2014

Manning receives promotion

Coral Manning (MPP ‘08) is the new section chief of quality initiatives for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. She will be overseeing all quality initiatives in the Division of Early Care and Education which will include working with YoungStar, the states quality rating and improvement system for child care. Coral will also be overseeing funding for scholarships, bonuses, training and technical assistance for child care providers.

Connect with Coral on LinkedIn.

Swaggert featured on MPR News

Nick Swaggert (MPP ‘13) was featured on MPR News on October 9, 2014 for a discussion about why veterans should be hired. It is Nick’s mission to convince businesses to hire more veterans and make the most out of their skills. Nick served two tours on the Iraqi/Syrian border and is now working for a company called Genesis10.

Listen to the story here.

Connect with Nick on LinkedIn.

Marohn featured in StarTribune

Charles Marohn (MURP ‘07) was featured in the StarTribune on October 8, 2014 for his successful blog, Strong Towns. What started as a simple blog to see if there was anyone with similar thoughts, has now transformed into a national conversation about how American cities are built. Charles’ goal is to create a new model for growth that will allow cities and towns to become financially strong and self-sufficient.

Read the full article here.


Connect with Charles on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hannsgen publishes article in Metroeconomica

Greg Hannsgen (MA ‘95) is a researcher at the Levy Economics Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization at Bard College. He published “Fiscal Policy, Chartal Money, Markup Dynamics, and Unemployment Insurance in a Model of Growth and Distribution” in the July 2014 issue of the economics journal Metroeconomica.

This recent post at the Institute’s blog uses Wolfram CDF technology, allowing the viewer to see how one of the models presented in the article works with two alternative fiscal-policy rules and with different parameter values. Hannsgen joined the Institute in 2002 and brought CDF technology to its blog in 2012. He is a member of the Institute's U.S. macro team.

Connect with Greg by email: ghannsgen@aol.com

Read the post here.



Conway joins UCare

Liz Conway (MA ‘88) is now the assistant director of product management for UCare. She will be directing the planning and execution of management and performance improvement efforts company-wide. She is also responsible for the implementation of new products and service area expansions in commercial markets and government programs.


Connect with Liz on LinkedIn.

Miller joins Daxko

Constance Miller (MPP ‘03) is the new director of research and analytics for Daxko. She will be developing and overseeing comprehensive data strategies, analysis, reporting processes and research projects as well as managing a team of analysts. She will also be managing a national market research call center.


Connect with Constance on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nezhad joins Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Sheila Nezhad (MDP ‘12) is the new operations associate for Headwaters Foundation for Justice. Headwaters Foundation for Justice is a catalyst for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice that works through grant making and organizational assistance.

Connect with Sheila on LinkedIn.

Haugen joins Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Scott Haugen (MPP ‘12) is now the parks and trails acquisition and development specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Scott will be responsible for advancement in the goals and priorities of the Parks and Trails Division as well as facilitating environmental review during projects. He will also be providing research, planning input, and technical assistance to internal and external partners.


Connect with Scott on LinkedIn.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ehresmann joins IREX

Peter Ehresmann (MDP ‘14) is the new program associate for IREX. IREX is an international nonprofit organization that provides leadership and innovative programs to promote positive change globally. Peter will be co-managing an undergraduate exchange program with the main goal of increasing a mutual understanding between people from the United States and those from other countries.

Connect with Peter on LinkedIn.

Snyder joins Grassroots Solutions

Bethany Snyder (MPP ‘07) is now the MNSure director of Grassroots Outreach for Grassroots Solutions. Previously, Bethany was the director of government affairs for Aging Services of Minnesota and the field director for Senator Al Franken with the US Senate.


Connect with Bethany on LinkedIn.

Barnea joins Office of the Secretary for DOT

Avital Barnea (MURP ‘11) is now the policy analyst for the office of the secretary for the US Department of Transportation (DOT).  She will be overseeing and managing the Transportation investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grants.


Connect with Avital on LinkedIn.

Carlson makes ‘Top 40 Under 40’ list

Charles Carlson (MURP ‘09) was honored in Mass Transit magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” list for his significant contributions to the public transit industry. Charles is the head of the Bus Rapid Transit/Small Starts Project Office and is leading the implementation of arterial BRT system as well as the METRO Orange line.


Read more about Charles here.

Nolan joins Housing Partnership Network

John Nolan (MPP ‘07) is now the director of Framework Partnerships at the Housing Partnership Network. Framework is an on-line education course for homebuyers that was developed by two non-profit organizations. John will both represent and promote Framework nationally to current and future partners.

Connect with John on LinkedIn.


Venegas Swanson joins Counterpart International

Tatyana Venegas Swanson (MDP ‘14) is now a program associate in governance and civil society strengthening at Counterpart International. She will be providing administrative and programmatic assistance that is necessary to support program implementation for the department’s security programs in central and South America.


Connect with Tatyana on LinkedIn.

Silburn joins the Planning Institute of Jamaica

Tashna Silburn (MPP ‘14) recently joined the European Union Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica as the senior project economist.

Previously, Tashna worked as an intern for the University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns (CST). While at CST, Tashna helped to facilitate the 2014 Symposium on Small Towns, assisted with the Highway 68 Safety Analysis project, and designed a survey too for the city of Foxhome. Read about her internship here .

Connect with Tashna on LinkedIn.