Monday, November 13, 2017

Siggerud promoted at U.S. Government Accountability Office

Katherine Siggerud (MA ’87) has been promoted at the U.S. Government Accountability Office to Chief Operating Officer. She was formerly a managing director of physical infrastructure issues.
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Wetjen begins with Otto Bremer Trust

Tessa Wetjen (MPA ’13) recently began work with the Otto Bremer trust as a program officer. She was formerly a principal planner with the Minnesota Department of Health.
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Johnson joins MN Department of Human Services

Thomas Johnson (MA ’94) has joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services as the assistant director of the licensing division within the Office of the Inspector General. He was formerly a support services director with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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Berthelsen named VP for University Services

Mike Berthelsen (MA ’92) has been appointed as the vice president for University Services at the University of Minnesota. He was formerly the interim vice president.
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Mahboub presented with Unsung Hero Award

Abdirizak Mahboub (MPA ’11) was recently presented with the 2017 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Award. Mahboub and his wife own and operate West Central Interpreting Services and New Minnesota Realty, and work to help newcomers from East Africa adjust to life in the United States.
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Moeller promoted at The Improve Group

Maria Moeller (MPA ’14) was recently promoted at The Improve Group to Chief Marketing Officer. She was formerly a business development director.
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Cookle joins Ph.D. program

Mikki Cookle (MPP ’17) has rejoined the Humphrey community as a Ph.D. candidate. Cookle’s areas of expertise are in quantitative approaches to policy analysis, development economics, econometrics, and demography in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Originally posted on Global Notes.

Cheng awarded Chevening Scholarship

Candice Cheng (MPP ’16) was recently awarded the Chevening Scholarship. This award is given to global leaders, handpicked by British Embassies, who work to improve relations with the United Kingdom.
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Originally posted on Global Notes.

Van Siclen promoted at Hennepin County

Renee Van Siclen (MPP ’16) has been promoted at Hennepin County. She recently became a senior planning analyst.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Taylor begins with Marquette Advisors Real Estate Consultants

Jacqui Taylor (MURP ’12) recently began as an associate with Marquette Advisors Real Estate Consultants. She was formerly an asset analyst with CSM Corporation.
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Tatlow joins Shelter for Life International

Johanna Tatlow (MDP ’17) has joined Shelter for Life International as program officer. She was formerly a TA at the Humphrey School.
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Soto Huayta moves to CONFIEP

Jessica MarĂ­a Soto Huayta (MPP ’06) recently moved to CONFIEP in Peru to work as the manager of economic and international affairs. She was formerly a director within the Peruvian Ministry of Education.
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Consoer begins with People and Pets Together

Mackenzie Consoer (MS-STEP ’12) recently began as a program director with People and Pets Together. She is also a project manager with the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance.
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Cairn joins Collaborative for Educational Services

Richard Cairn (MPA ’05) has joined the Collaborative for Educational Services as the director of the Emerging America, Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. He was formerly a partner with Cairn & Associates.
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Shardlow moves to Cargill

George Shardlow (MPP ’15) recently moved to Cargill and began as a government relations specialist. He was formerly a legislative coordinator for the Minnesota State Council on Disability.
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Roth promoted at Metro Transit

Katie Roth (MURP ’09) has been promoted at Metro Transit to arterial bus rapid transit manager. She was formerly a BRT/Small Starts project manager.
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Chan named 2017 Up & Comer

James Chan (MPP ’14) was recently named a 2017 Up & Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Chan is currently a client relations manager at Lee Law Group.
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Stephan starts contract position

Tai Stephan (MDP ’16) recently started a position with Orbis International as an independent M&E consultant in Beijing. She was formerly a consultant with Mizoram University.
Connect with Tai on LinkedIn.
Originally posted on Global Notes.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Heinz-Amborn promoted at Institute for Community Alliances

Brittany Heinz-Amborn (MPP ’16) was recently promoted at the Institute for Community Alliances to reporting and compliance manager. She formerly worked as a data analyst.
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Mishra speaks at Asia Urban Governance Leaders Forum 2017

Sandeep Mishra (MPA ’15) recently spoke on the topic of “Integrated Solid Waste Management,” focusing Delhi’s doing and planning for managing its municipal solid waste.
Originally posted on Global Notes.

Absar begins work with APMG

Kassira Absar (MPP ’15) recently began working as a research associate with the American Public Media Group. She was formerly a research fellow with the Humphrey School.
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Matson joins CDC

Chelsea Matson (MPP ’17) recently joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an evaluation fellow. She formerly worked with Rainbow Research Inc. as an evaluation intern.
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Linnell moves to Anoka County

Paul Linnell (MPP ’15) recently became an elections operations administrator with Anoka County. He was previously a program coordinator with the Center for Victims of Torture.
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Koenigs begins work with Minnesota DoH

Clark Koenigs (MPP ’13) recently began working with the Minnesota Department of Health as a research scientist. He was formerly a health program planner and policy analyst with Anoka County.
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Crouch joins City of Minneapolis

Taylor Crouch (MPP ’17) has joined the City of Minneapolis as an intake officer and commission liaison in the Complaint Investigations Division. He was formerly a research assistant at the Humphrey School.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hong promoted at U.S. Department of Labor

Thor Hong (MPP ’15) was recently promoted at the U.S. Department of Labor to international relations analyst in the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking. He was formerly a program analyst.  
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Wiedermeier Bower begins with ATTACh

Jeanette Wiedermeier Bower (MA ’94) recently began working with ATTACh- Teaching the World to Heal as a consultant. She formerly worked as an executive director of the March of Dimes.
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Wang joins Minnesota Department of Human Services

Wenchen Wang (MPP ’17) has joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services as a management analyst. She was formerly a volunteer data analyst with Hennepin County.
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Reshetova promoted at Pact

Olga Reshetova (MPP ’12) recently became a program officer for reforms and advocacy with Pact. She was formerly a program officer for the UNITER project.
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Mehta published in Star Tribune


Neeraj Mehta (MPP ’04) recently published a commentary in the Star Tribune regarding oppression in Minneapolis. Mehta is currently the director of community-based research at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Read his commentary here.
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Nesse joins Center for Transportation Studies

Kristina Nesse (MURP ’13) has joined the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies as the manager of coordinated research. She was formerly a transit oriented development planner and project manager with Metro Transit.
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Shokohzadeh accepts Stimson Center position

Audel Shokohzadeh (MPP ’17) has begun working at the Stimson Center as a communication specialist. He is looking to strengthen the relationship between the Stimson Center and Humphrey.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Godfrey Passes Away

David Godfrey (MA '96), age 48, of St. Paul MN, died October 11 at Our Lady of Peace Hospice from complications of alcoholism. Preceded in death by his father Dennis Godfrey. Survived by wife Dana Wagner and sons August and Thomas Godfrey. A graduate of Mounds Park Academy and Lawrence University, David did graduate work at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Funeral services will be at 3 PM on Saturday, October 21 at St. Clements Episcopal Church, St. Paul. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for written memories that will be collected at the service and preserved for August and Thomas.

Read the full obituary.

A story about David's life appeared on MinnPost on November 1.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Obituary: McGuire (MURP '12) Passes Away

Chad McGuire (MURP '12) passed away on September 28, 2017. He was 43 years old. Full notice to appear on Sunday, October 8.

The visitation will be on Wednesday, October 11 from 5-8 PM at the Edina Chapel. The funeral will be on Thursday, October 12 beginning at noon at the Basilica of St. Mary.

Chad's cousin described him as follows on his Go Fund Me page last year:

'My cousin and friend, Chad Faulkner McGuire, has ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was diagnosed two years ago, and the disease is progressing quickly. Before that, Chad was a marathon runner in great physical shape. Most of all, he’s a warm-spirited, funny, and generous person, interested in the world and loving many people.  It’s no wonder his youngest niece called him “Uncle God.”'

Additional updates on Chad's services will be posted to Washburn-McReavy's website.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Nelson begins with Integrity Living Options, Inc.

Rebekah Nelson (MPP ’17) has begun work with Integrity Living Options, Inc. She will be assisting people with disabilities to help them become more independent.
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Sakk moves to Wisconsin Public Utility Institute

Lori Sakk (MPP ’03) has moved to the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute in order to serve as director. She was formerly an energy policy advisor for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
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Hanson starts at Residential Science Resources, LLC

Aaron Hanson (MS-STEP ’17) recently began work as a business development coordinator with Residential Science Resources, LLC. He was formerly a graduate research assistant with NeighborWorks Home Partners.
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Hunte begins with McKinsey & Company

Jamie Hunte (MPA ’14) has begun work with McKinsey & Company as a talent research analyst. She formerly worked with Bentz Whaley Flessner as the director of talent management.
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Opot joins Dual Status Youth Initiative

Kelly Sowards Opot (MPP ’08) has joined the Dual Status Youth Initiative as its executive director. She was formerly the acting associate director at CSH, the Source for Housing Solutions.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Besonen becomes International Law and Policy Fellow

Mark Besonen (MPP ’17) recently became an R. Michael Gadbaw International Law and Policy fellow in General Electric’s Government Affairs & Policy office. His work will focus on international trade, defense, and energy issues.
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Shrestha moves to Center for Victims of Torture

Razeena Shrestha (MPP ’15) has begun work with the Center for Victims of Torture as a program evaluation advisor. She was formerly a research associate with Rainbow Research Inc.
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Johnson promoted at Minnesota Education Equity Partnership

Aara Johnson (MPP ‘11) recently became a program director at the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership. She will lead the emerging multilinguals program area and support the teachers of color program area. She was formally a policy fellow.
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Driscoll influencing law community

Devin Driscoll (MPP ’11) has been elected as editor-in-chief of Minnesota Law Review and joined Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. After graduation he will be serving as a judicial law clerk for Associate Justice David L. Lillehaug of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Blanks Jones presents at European Conference on Citizenship Education


Jasmine Blanks Jones (MPP ’10) presented her ethnographic study, “Civic Efficacy and Strict Disciplinary Practices,” at the European Conference on Citizenship Education in the Netherlands in June. Blanks Jones is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Originally posted on Global Notes.



Welter joins Office of Legislative Auditor


Madeline Welter (MPP ’17) has joined the State of Minnesota’s Office of Legislative Auditor as an evaluator. She was formerly a research assistant with the Minnesota House of Representatives.
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Place featured in Lakefield Standard


Whitney Place (MS-STEP ’13) was featured in the Lakefield Standard for her accomplishments with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Place currently serves as the director of government affairs.
Read the Lakefield Standard article here.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Phifer Announces Exploration of Running for MN's 8th

Leah Phifer (MPP '15) announced in June that she is launching an 80-day listening tour this summer to explore the possibility of ultimately representing Minnesota’s 8th Congressional district.

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Patterson Joins Johns Hopkins University

Kylie Patterson (MPP '13) recently took a position with Johns Hopkins University as a senior advisor for local economic inclusion. Previously, she was with Prosperity Now (formerly CFED).

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Safi Takes Role with CAIR in DC

Amineh Safi (MPP '17) recently moved to Washington, DC to take on a role as the government affairs department coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, National Office.

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Rau Joins U.S. Department of Justice

Kristen Rau (MPP/JD '12) recently took a job as an assistant U.S. attorney in the northern district of Illinois with the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, she was a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP.

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Stoscheck Joins The Improve Group

Claire Stoscheck (MPP '16) recently joined The Improve Group as a research analyst.

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Wallace Joins the College of Law as Assistant Dean

Syracuse University's College of Law Dean Craig Boise announced the addition of Nick Wallace (MPP/JD '06) as assistant dean for enrollment management. In this role, Wallace will be responsible for the strategic planning, leadership and implementation of the College’s J.D. enrollment and financial aid initiatives.

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