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.

Read more.

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.

Read more.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Baltazar Receives Emerging Alumni Award

James Baltazar (MURP '12) was presented with an Emerging Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

“The CLA Emerging Alumni Award honors alumni who recently graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts who demonstrate leadership, creative excellence, community-mindedness, and who mirror the community at large.”

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Ewert joins Washburn University School of Law

Michelle Ewert (MPP '03) recently joined Washburn University School of Law as an associate professor.

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Gray joins The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Steven Gray (MA '88) is now the country director in Zimbabwe for The International Foundation for Electoral Systems.

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Dorsher Promoted at Global Communities

Patricia Dorsher (MPP '14) recently was promoted to a communications and reporting specialist in Turkey with Global Communities.

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Pronove Lands Position in DC

Alma Pronove (MPP '17) recently joined Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic advising firm, as an analyst based in Washington, DC.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Chin Receives Juris Doctor

Jacob Chin (MPP '11) graduated from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law receiving his Juris Doctor. Jacob will sit for the New York State Bar exam the end of July.

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Papai Now Acting Country Director

Christine Papai (MDP/MPH '14) is now the acting country director of Ghana with Innovations for Poverty Action. She was currently the Deputy Country Director.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Nelson-Salcedo passes away

Selena Nelson-Salcedo (MPP ’07) unexpectedly passed away Sunday, June 4 while posted abroad at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia. Nelson-Salcedo was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, and served as Consul at Embassy Bratislava since 2014, and previously in Embassies Santo Domingo and Kuala Lumpur. 

Selena, 38 years of age, is survived by her husband, Jorge Salcedo, and their two daughters (ages 3 and 4). The Embassy Bratislava has created an email address to which people may send condolence messages for the Salcedos: nelson-salcedocondolences@state.gov.

A celebration of Selena’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 16, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. before the service, at the The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 161 West Broadway, Winona, MN 55987.

Her obituary may be viewed here.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Grunewald begins work with Department of Revenue

Hannah Grunewald (MPP ’17) has begun working with the Minnesota Department of Revenue as a student worker paraprofessional. She was formerly a policy intern in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith.
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mehta published in Star Tribune

Neeraj Mehta (MPP ’04) recently published his commentary on north Minneapolis housing development in the Star Tribune. Mehta is currently the director of community programs at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Read his article here.
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Chan joins Lee & Lazzara, PLLC

James Chan (MPP ’14) has joined Lee & Lazzara, PLLC as the client relations manager. He formerly was with Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies as the Florida programs consultant.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

De Mel evaluates Senegal Rural Roads Project

Randika De Mel (MDP ’15) recently completed his evaluation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Senegal Rural Roads Project. The Senegal Rural Roads Project aims to improve access to agriculture markets.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Humphrey students, Pi visit in Shenzhen

Chendong Pi (MPP ’13) recently hosted Humphrey’s PA 5880 class in Shenzhen, China. The Global Cities, High-Density Urban and Regional Development in China class met with a social project NGO incubator agency.
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Steies joins Students for Education Reform

John Steies (MPP ’14) has joined Students for Education Reform as the Massachusetts program director. He was formerly a legislative assistant with the Minnesota House of Representatives.
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Lanthier moves to Department of Agriculture

Karen Lanthier (MS-STEP ’14) recently moved to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown program. She was formerly an assistant program director with Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships at the University of Minnesota Extension.
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Banu promoted at Shire

Luana Banu (MPP ’04) has been promoted at Shire in Switzerland to international strategic projects lead. She was formerly the public affairs lead.
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Langer takes position with GeoPoll

Langer takes position with GeoPoll
Anna Langer (MPP ’09) recently became the director of project management for social and public sectors. She was formerly a project manager with DAI.
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Amara joins Robins Kaplan LLP

Abou Amara (MPP ’12) has joined Robins Kaplan LLP as a summer associate. Robins Kaplan LLC is a Minneapolis-based law firm.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Singhathip passes away

Mailee Singhathip (MPA ’14) passed away unexpectedly on May 9, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 18 years, 17-year-old daughter, and 10-year old son.
Information about services can be found here.
A fundraising page for Mailee’s family has been set up here.

Mastrud promoted at School of Public Health

Heidi Mastrud (MPA ’13) recently became the director of alumni relations at the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health. She was formerly the assistant director of stewardship and annual giving.
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Hodge featured in Legacy Magazine

Aaliyah Hodge (MPP ’16) was featured in the University of Minnesota’s Legacy magazine for her work with charter schools. Hodge is currently working with sixth graders at Best Academy in Minneapolis.
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Corcoran featured in Star Tribune

Aaron Corcoran (MPP ’13) was featured in the Star Tribune for his participation in a Minnesota Chamber-sponsored job match program. Corcoran is currently a workforce development and career pathways analyst at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
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Erdenemandakh, Priestley, and Greco featured in Star Tribune


Jargalmaa Erdenemandakh (MPP ’17), Kevin Priestley (MURP ’17), and Mike Greco (MURP ’10) were featured in the Star Tribune for their work in Brooklyn Park with the Resilient Communities Project. The Resilient Communities Project connects students with a chosen community and allows them to develop projects to help city leaders.
Read the Star Tribune article here.
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Hawkins moves to U of M Extension

Jennifer Hawkins (MPP ’03) has begun work as an assistant extension professor at the University of Minnesota Extension in Rochester. She formerly was the director of global business practicum, strategic initiatives and engagement at the Carlson School of Management.
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Mac Arthur joins Innova LLC

Andrea Mac Arthur (MPP ’12) recently joined Innova LLC as their principal. Mac Arthur was formerly a product manager at Greater Twin Cities United Way.
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Orgera begins work with Kaiser Family Foundation

Kendal Orgera (MPP ’16) has begun work with the Kaiser Family Foundation as Medicare Policy Analyst. She formerly worked at the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health as a graduate research assistant.
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Bailey joins Metropolitan Council

Cameran Bailey (MURP ’16) has joined the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities as the SolSmart Solar Advisor. He was formerly the logistics and supervision coordinator at Soltec Renewable Energies.
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Krafft researches marriage and jobs in Egypt

Caroline Krafft (MPP ’11) and Humphrey professor Ragui Assaad have been researching the correlation between employment and marriage in Egypt. Krafft is currently an assistant professor of economics at St. Catherine’s University.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Intermill begins work as budget director

Micah Intermill (MPP ’12) has begun work as the city of Minneapolis’ budget director. He was formerly the chief financial officer for the state of Minnesota.
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Shoemaker featured on ACSP website

Jimmy Shoemaker (MURP ’14) was featured on the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). He is currently a planner with Alta Planning and Design.
Read about him here.

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Patterson featured in CNN Opinion

Kylie Patterson (MPP ’13) had her article regarding millennial’s retirement savings feature in CNN’s opinion section. She is currently the senior program manager for the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative at CFED.
Read her piece here.


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Grieve and HHH professor research violence against women in Colombia

Margaret Grieve (MPA ’16) and Professor Greta Friedemann-S├ínchez (MA '99) are conducting research on violence against women in Colombia and the impact of family commissioners. They plan to publish the public policy report in the fall.

Reis and Lindstrom have baby boy

Diogo Reis (MPP ’10) and Ann Lindstrom (MPP ’09) gave birth to a baby boy, Luca Lindstrom Reis, on February 2, 2017. Congratulations!

Nix elected to planning council

Noel Nix (MURP ’10) was elected to the District 6 Planning Council in early April.    He is currently an aide to Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter.
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Friesz joins The Mosaic Company

Katherine Friesz (MPP ’08) has joined The Mosaic Company as their corporate social responsibility manager. She was formerly a senior program officer with the Carlson Family Foundation.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Vigen joins California Energy Efficiency Industry Council

Michelle Vigen (MPP ’10) has joined the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council as the senior policy manager. She was formerly the senior energy planner with Montgomery County in Maryland.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mapp begins with Splash.org

Laura Mapp (MPP ’05) has begun as a development manager with Splash.org. Splash.org works to provide clean water to children in underdeveloped countries.
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Barta joins U.S. Department of State

Richard Barta (MPP ’15) has joined the U.S. Department of State as a program officer for south and central Asia. He was formerly a program and research associate with Social Solutions International, Inc.
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Butcher appointed to Environmental Commission

Keith Butcher (MS-STEP ’01) has been appointed by the Chanhassen City Council to serve a three year term on the city’s environmental commission. Butcher currently is an energy services representative with the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Justilien joins Tides Foundation

Romilda Justilien (MPP ’13) has joined the Tides Foundation as the deputy director of the Advocacy Fund. Justilien was formerly the social impact consultant for FSG.
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Crosby begins with Task Force for Global Health

Brendan Crosby (MPA ’14) has begun work as a program manager with the Task Force for Global Health, Inc. He previously worked with the International Organization for Migration in Liberia.
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Palmer joins TurnKey Corrections

Leah Palmer (MPA ’13) has joined TurnKey Corrections as the vice president of operations. Palmer formerly was an administrative assistant and loan processor with Minnesota Rusco Inc./MJM Financial Services.
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