Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Middag to begin work with the Minneapolis Downtown Council

Lisa Middag (MPA ’09) has joined the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District as the director of Nicollet activation. She will be working with businesses, institutional partners, the community, and artists to make sure the new public places along Nicollet are full of vibrant activities.

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Vang, Sivalingam, and Scherpelz appointed to MINN

Kaying Vang (MDP ’12), Kamaladevy Sivalingam (MDP ’16), and JB Scherpelz (MDP ’13) have been appointed to the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) board. MINN serves to connect all international humanitarian and development practitioners and supporters based in Minnesota, through education, networking, and information resources.

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Originally posted on Global Notes.

Taylor returns to Smart Electric Power Alliance

Mike Taylor (MS-STEP ’02) has returned to the Smart Electric Power Alliance in Washington, DC as the Principal of Knowledge. This will be his ninth year of telecommuting from northern Utah.

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Conaway appointed to National Board for Education Sciences

Carrie Conaway (MA ’98) was recently appointed to the National Board for Education Sciences by former president Barack Obama. The National Board for Education Sciences advises the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Swenson begins work with Gov. Dayton

Matt Swenson (MPP ’09) has begun work as the assistant chief of staff within the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith. He was formerly the press secretary for the United States Trade Representative with the Obama administration.

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Anderson appointed to national committee

David Anderson (MPA ’14) has been appointed to the U.S. Housing & Urban Development's national Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). The MHCC plays a role in setting construction and safety standards for manufactured homes and regulating enforcement procedures for the industry.

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Niehoff promoted at Environmental Initiative

Erin Niehoff (MS-STEP ’15) has been promoted at Environmental Initiative to a project associate. Environmental Initiative works to bring together nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to find consensus on critical issues and respond with actions that have measurable, positive environmental outcomes.

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Khlebnikov publishes research

Alexey Khlebnikov (MPP ’14) has published research on the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the International Relations Department at Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod - National Research University.

Find his research here.


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Originally posted on Global Notes.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Freed co-authors study

Gwendolyn Freed (MPA ’07) has co-authored a study about gender roles and presidential studies. She is currently the chief development officer at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Read about the study here.

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Humphrey alumni named New Leaders Council Twin Cities Fellows


Cameran Bailey (MURP ‘16), Garrison McMurtrey (MPP candidate), George Shardlow (MPP ‘15), Leona Thao (MPP ‘16), and Janelle Wahutu (MDP ‘15) have been named to the New Leaders Council’s list of Twin Cities Fellows for 2017. The NLC fellows have been selected due to the influential and positive differences they have made in their community.

Read more about them here.


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McDivitt appointed as CEO of Veterans Integrated Service Network

Robert McDivitt (MA ’89) was appointed as the network director/CEO of Veterans Integrated Service Network 10 (Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana), a division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. McDivitt leads VA healthcare operations for regional system including 11 VA health systems and 63 community clinics.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mendis featured in interviews

Patrick Mendis (MA ’84) was featured in two exclusive interviews by the Xinhua News Agency and the Beijing Review in China. His most recent book was translated into Mandarin Chinese and published in 2016. Mendis is an expert on American and Chinese affairs.
Read the Xinhua News Agency interview here.
Read the Beijing Review interview here.
Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn.

Marquardt promoted to data privacy manager

Kevin Marquardt (MS-STEP ’13) has been promoted to data privacy manager at CenterPoint Energy. He will be responsible for monitoring advancements in utility information technology, maintaining a data breach notification response plan, and developing and implementing a compliance-centric privacy program for a Fortune 500 Company.
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Obrero joins Department of Veteran Affairs

Teresa Obrero (MPP ’10) has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in Cleveland, Ohio as a legal administrative specialist. She has also been selected to participate in the CE 2 Mentoring Program with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Muñoz mentioned on MPR

Minerva Muñoz (MPP ’09) was quoted on MPR in an article about Hispanic students and college. Muñoz is the director of TRIO Student Support Services, a national program that helps disadvantaged students.
Read the MPR article here.

Connect with Minerva on LinkedIn.

Blewett quoted in Boston Globe

Lynn Blewett (MA ’86) was quoted in the Boston Globe regarding Minnesota health care policies. Blewett is a professor of health policy at the University of Minnesota.
Read the Boston Globe article here.
Connect with Lynn on LinkedIn.

Nobles subject of Star Tribune article

Jim Nobles (MA ’74) was the subject of a Star Tribune article in December. Nobles, the legislative auditor for the state of Minnesota, has been called the “watchdog-in-chief” of Minnesota politics. He has worked as the legislative auditor for over 30 years.
Read the Star Tribune article here.