Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Brosnan joins Grist.org

John Brosnan (MPA '11) has taken over as the new foundation and corporate relations manager for Grist.org, the nation's leading green news site, headquartered in Seattle. John and his husband recently relocated to the West Coast after getting married in Minneapolis in May. John is formerly the director of land protection for the Minnesota Land Trust, where he oversaw land conservation programs across the state.

Wong begins work at Prime Therapeutics

Eric Wong (MPP ‘06) is the new senior marketing analyst for Prime Therapeutics. He will be working with a member of the marketing team to provide analysis for new member campaigns and enhancements.

Eric was previously a business analyst at Ecolab, senior business intelligence analyst at Deluxe Corporation, and an analyst for the consumer insights unit at Best Buy.


Connect with Eric on LinkedIn.

Berry joins U.S. Bank

Katie Berry (MPP ‘12) is the new social media strategy manager for U.S. Bank. She will be providing social media strategy as well as campaign planning and execution for the B2B and B2C business lines and products.

Previously, Katie was an interactive marketing content manager and strategist for CaringBridge.


Connect with Katie on LinkedIn.

Papai begins work with Minnesota Department of Health

Christine Papai (MDP ‘13) is the new lead data manager for the Minnesota Department of Health.  She was previously a board member for Calvary Church, the treasurer board member for the Minnesota International NGO Network, and the community evaluation coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health.


Connect with Christine on LinkedIn.

Schlesinger joins RBC Wealth Management

Anna Schlesinger (MURP ‘12) is now a client associate at RBC Wealth Management where she interned a few years earlier. Anna also previously worked at the global survey center for Korn/Ferry International as well as CCCS of San Francisco as a quality improvement coordinator.


Connect with Anna on LinkedIn.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Pennucci receives promotion at City of Seattle

Aly Penuccia (MURP '08) is now a policy analyst for the City of Seattle - Council Central Staff. Previously she was a senior planning and development specialist with the City of Seattle and a senior planner at the City of Minneapolis.

Connect with Aly on LinkedIn.

Scott joins The Pew Charitable Trusts

Susan Scott (MA '96) joined The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC as a senior associate in talent acquisition this past June. As part of Pew's Talent Acquisition team, she performs full-cycle (research, sourcing, recruitment, offer, etc.) search for varying research, operations and advocacy positions for Pew's worldwide projects.

Previously, Susan was an executive search consultant at Development Resources, Inc. in Arlington, VA.

Connect with Susan on LinkedIn.

Olson conducting research in Mozambique

Erin Olson (MPH/MURP '15) is conducting public space research in Maputo, Mozambique. her work includes:

Analyzing the uses and meanings of public spaces in Maputo, Mozambique, including in-depth historical and anthropological analysis of two park spaces in the urban center; theory of the cultural consciousness connected to the built environment; the opportunities and challenges around transit and public spaces in Maputo, Mozambique.

Previously, Erin held many graduate teaching and research assistantships during her time at the Humphrey School and the U of M, most recently at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).

Wolfe Wood launches new firm

Sandy Wolfe Wood (MPA '13), recently launched her new firm. Aptly named Designing Change, her firm focuses on applying design thinking to the social sector, particularly in the areas of environment and energy, electoral reform and voting rights, literacy, and food justice.

Connect with Sandy via email: sandy@designing-change.com

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Echeverria-Estrada receives CONACYT Scholarship

Carlos Echeverria-Estrada (MPP '12) was recently awarded a CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology in Mexico) scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University in southern California.

Previously, Carlos was a principal research analyst at NORC at the University of Chicago.

Connect with Carlos on LinkedIn.

MPP/MDP alums profiled in Judd Fellowship newsletter


Caroline Krafft (MPP '11) co-edited a book on Egypt’s labor market with Professor Ragui Assaad, "The Egyptian Labor Market in an Era of Revolution," from Oxford University Press. Later this month, she will defend her dissertation on the microeconomics of development in the Middle East and North Africa, and will then join the Economics faculty at St. Catherine University in the fall of 2015.

Judd Fellows AngĂ©lica Getahun (MDP '14), Afia Adaboh (MDP '15), Randika De Mel (MDP '15), and Shruti Saxena (MDP '15) presented research from their Judd Fellowship projects at the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice last September at Columbia University. Pictured are Randika and Afia.

Tatyana Venegas Swanson (MDP '14) has accepted a position as program associate at non-profit international development organization Counterpart International, working in their Governance and Civil Society department for Latin America in Washington, DC. Tatyana said, “I'm super excited to put my graduate degree and professional experience to work doing something I'm passionate about and still be able to travel and solidify my Spanish skills.”

Originally published in Global Notes on July 15, 2015.

Curiel takes position at YWCA


Arnoldo Curiel (MPA '07) recently joined the YWCA of Minneapolis as the Vice President of Racial Equity and Public Policy. Arnie was formerly a faculty member at the College of Saint Scholastica and will remain an adjunct faculty member. He previously held positions at the University of Minnesota and Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

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HHH alums co-found Arete Evaluation Collaborative

Arete Evaluation Collaborative aims to provide evaluation, research, and program development for our clients. We have evaluation content strength and experience particularly in intercultural/international education, economic development, community development, and public health. We have experience in evaluation, an intercultural team, abilities in many languages, much international work experience, and many interested evaluation partners.  We are particularly interested in projects in the Twin Cities and international projects, but we are also interested in projects within the US outside of the Midwest.

Three consultants of the Arete Evaluation Collaborative are alumni of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs: Afia Adaboh (MDP '15), Randika De Mel (MDP '15), and Iloila Tan (MPP '15). The fourth member is Jordan McGurran, a current student in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing an MA in Evaluation Studies.

Visit their website.

Previously published in Global Notes on July 13, 2015.