Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Meyer and Driscoll Tie the Knot


Humphrey alumni Katie (Meyer) Driscoll (MPP '11) and Devin Driscoll (MPP '11) tied the knot on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Minnesota. While taking their wedding photos, they even managed to run into Hubert H. Humphrey.

They have recently moved back to Minnesota after spending the past year on the east coast. Devin was most recently the campaign manager at Pell for Governor in Rhode Island, and Katie is working as a freelancer at Gage Street Strategies.

Connect with Katie on LinkedIn.

Connect with Devin on LinkedIn.

Naramore interviewed by MPR News

Barb Naramore (MA ‘89) was recently interviewed in early December about the two-year-old lawsuit brought by the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowners Association by MPR News.

"DNR Assistant Commissioner Barb Naramore said the settlement will help advance "long-term water sustainability" in the north and east suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area, but she said agency officials continue to disagree with the plaintiffs on what led to the lake's decline. She noted that the lake's level is within the historic range and that agency experts believe climate is the primary driver for low levels, not groundwater pumping."

Read or listen to the full story by MPR News.

Photo courtesy of Conservation Minnesota.

Beckmann focuses on diversity efforts in St. Paul

Deputy St. Paul Mayor, Kristin Beckmann (MA '03), a former executive director of the Service Employees International Union in Minnesota, is overseeing city efforts to hire more racial and ethnic minorities in better proportion to the city's demographics.

Article excerpt:
"Beckmann, St. Paul's deputy mayor, has been meeting with department heads to review new "racial equity plans" aimed at boosting minority hiring within their divisions.


In St. Paul, "60 percent of the kids are not white," said Beckmann, who became Mayor Chris Coleman's second-in-command in May. "So the St. Paul population is going to become more and more diverse. And St. Paul jobs are good union jobs, with health care and benefits. I want more of our St. Paul residents to have these jobs."


In her first seven months, Beckmann has turned racial equality in city hiring and the redevelopment of the 122-acre Ford Motor Co. campus in Highland Park into two cornerstones of her short tenure."

Read the full story at
Pioneer Press.

(Photo courtesy of St. Paul Mayor's office)

Wu elected to CAN Board of Directors

Brandon Wu (MPP ‘12) was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Climate Action Network-International (CAN). The Board oversees CAN's international secretariat staff, is the fiscal decision-making body for the network, and provides guidance on strategic direction, staffing and more.

CAN is a worldwide network of over 900 NGOs in more than 100 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world.

CAN members place a high priority on both a healthy environment and development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland Commission). CAN's vision is to protect the atmosphere while allowing for sustainable and equitable development worldwide.

Connect with Brandon on LinkedIn.

Visit the CAN website

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Olson becomes manager at Arc’s Value Village Brooklyn Center

Kathie Olson (GC-NM ‘12) has been named manager for Arc’s Value Village Brooklyn Center. She will be bringing experience from nonprofit management positions as well as team building experience in education and public health organizations to the position.

Cakici takes UN job in Ethiopia

Hanife Cakici (MPP ‘11) has accepted the associate program manager and evaluator position at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia. She is currently a UN Young Professional and after two probationary years in Addis, she will then be relocated to another UN secretariat.

Connect with Hanife on LinkedIn.


Original post on Global Notes.

Merz joins Mandhu College

Ryan Merz (MPP ‘13) is now a lecturer at Mandhu College in Maldives. He will be organizing and teaching an introduction to educational research course as well as tutorial sessions for a class of approximately 60 students.


Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.

Ochs interviewed on Greater MSP Business

Jeff Ochs (MPP/MBA ‘14) was interviewed by Cyndy Brucato on Greater MSP Business about his business, Cornerstone Stories. Cornerstone Stories works to preserve the heritage of storytelling that has been passed down through generations by creating books in multiple languages for a variety of fables and parables.

Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn.


Watch the interview on YouTube.

Sivan Sevilla selected as Ph.D. Candidate

Ido Sivan Sevilla (MPP ‘14) was selected as a fully funded ministry of science’s Ph.D. candidate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ido will be analyzing the behavior of hackers in relation to cyber security infrastructure and plans to write his dissertation on regulations in the cyber world.

Connect with Ido on LinkedIn.


Originally posted in Global Notes.

Molloy joins USDA

Connor Molloy (MPP ‘13) is now a program analyst for the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program with the USDA. He will be reviewing the implementation and evaluation reports as well as proposals for McGovern-Dole and Food for Progress. Connor will also be drafting amendments and letters for assigned agreements.


Connect with Connor on LinkedIn.

Stern joins National MS Society

Steffany Stern (MPP ‘06) is now the senior director of advocacy for the Midwest region of the National MS Society. The National MS Society is an organization that mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure to multiple sclerosis as well as helping those affected.


Connect with Steffany on LinkedIn.

Peterson joins Metropolitan Council

Steve Peterson (MURP ‘07) who previously worked for SRF Consulting Group, is now a planning analyst for the Metropolitan Council.  He will be working on the implementation of the Transportation Policy Plan, MnPASS expansion, and other highway studies.


Connect with Steve on LinkedIn

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Whelan elected for Minnesota House District 35A

Abigail Whelan (MPP ‘13) was elected to be the next state representative for Minnesota House District 35A. She will be replacing Jim Abeler who previously held the position for 16 years. Whelan defeated her challenger, Peter Perovich, by gaining 60 percent support from the voters of Anoka and Ramsey County.

Read the original article by ABC Newspapers.


Connect with Abigail on LinkedIn.

Porter joins Enterprise Community Partners

Dean Porter (MURP ‘14) is now the program officer for Enterprise Community Partners. He will be managing a program for housing and community development organizations as well as coordinating a green affordable housing collaborative and leading communication efforts within the Chicago office.


Connect with Dean on LinkedIn.

Esnaashari joins Rainbow Research Inc.

Sheyda Esnaashari (MPP ‘14) is now a research assistant for Rainbow Research Inc. She will be supporting the design and implementation of public health and youth development evaluations both locally and nationally. Her main tasks will include scheduling and conducting interviews, literature reviews, collaborating with senior research associates, as well as leading research and the implementation of new data collection technology.


Connect with Sheyda on LinkedIn.