Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Longo heads program awarded Sen. Paul Simon Spotlight Award

nicklongo.jpgNick Longo (MA '97) is the director of Providence College's Global Studies program which has recently been chosen as one of three U.S. higher-education recipients of the Association for International Educators' 2012 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Awards for Campus Internationalization. This award recognizes programs that work towards "comprehensive internationalization." Longo, Providence's first full-time Global Studies program director, notes "We take a collaborative approach in the Global Studies Program, so this award really is a recognition of how much can be accomplished when students, faculty, and community partners work together in a shared vision." Besides being the program's director, Longo also is an associate professor of public and community service studies. After completing his degree from the Humphrey, Longo received his PhD in the Department of Work, Community, and Family Education at the University of Minnesota in 2005.

Barnea will begin work with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

Barnea.jpgIn February, Avital Barnea (MURP '09) began work as a Presidential Management Fellow with the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, focusing on surface transportation legislation and taxation issues. This assignment is underwritten by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Barnea's sponsoring employer. She can be contacted through LinkedIn or at avital_barnea@finance.senate.gov.

Styles begins position with 4GME

nicolasstyles.jpgNicolas Styles (MPA '10) recently accepted the position of Vice President of Hollywood Mobile Entertainment (HME), a subsidiary of 4GME. 4GME is a start-up company that is incorporated in Delaware under an LLC and is currently headquartered in Century City, CA. 4GME's current focus is delivering HD quality original content to provide in various mobile distribution channels, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, for the new media mobile television platform. This content will also deliver to various mobile devices such as ipads, smartbooks, smart phones, and out of home markets devices, such as cable television, Netflix and Direct TV. Styles' role as Vice President is to establish and build sustainable relationships with area businesses and corporations. His primary responsibility is to bring in corporate sponsors for Robbie Knievel and HME. Styles can be contacted by phone at 612-532-4900, by email at sayl0037@umn.edu, and on LinkedIn and Twitter at "ncstyles11."

Potter accepts position with Walden University

KylePotter.jpgKyle Potter (MPP '08) is now a Institutional Research Analyst with Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He accepted the position in January 2012. Previously, Kyle worked for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, where he performed administrative work for the organization. He has also been involved in various art projects for the Soap Factory, a non-profit art gallery in Minneapolis. He can be contacted at kyle.a.potter@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Uejio begins position at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

uejio.jpgDave Uejio (MPP '04) is now the Lead for Talent Acquisition at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in Washington, D.C. He had previously been the Special Assistant to the Director and Special Initiatives Group Lead, Office of Human Resources at the National Institute of Health. In his new role, Uejio creates recruitment strategies to find, recruit, and hire top talent to CFPB.

Mehta accepts position with Center for Urban and Regional Affiars

Neeja Mehta (MPP 2004) accepted a position with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) as the Director of Community Based Research. His previous job was with Nexus Community Partners.


Weddell headed to Lockheed Martin

Dave Weddell (MA 1979) is leaving the Navy civilian service and is beginning a position with Lockheed Martin in the D.C. area. Lockheed Martin designs and manufactures products related to aerospace and defense, information technology, and space.

Monday, March 5, 2012

DeLisi to become ambassador to Uganda

Scott DeLisi (MA entering 1980) was nominated by President Obama as his ambassador to Uganda. Previously, DeLisi had been ambassador to Nepal since March, 2010. During the George W. Brush administration, DeLisi served as envoy to Eritrea.

Bull joins Association of American Medical Colleges

Jan Bull (MA 1987) recently accepted a position with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as the Lead Specialist of Competency-based Learning and Assessments in Arlington, VA. She had previously been the Administrative Director of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care and Research Faculty at The George Washington School of Nursing. At AAMC, she works to facilitate development, dissemination, and adoption of competency-based learning in medical education with the objective of educating doctors of tomorrow to be able to provide care that meets the needs and expectations of the public. Bull writes that AAMC is an "absolutely stellar organization ... with highly motivated, caring, and intelligent staff who truly care about what they are doing. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity." She can be contacted at itsjanbull@gmail.com.


Plummer joins Board of Directors at Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Joseph Plummer (MS-STEP 2007) was recently appointed to the Board of Directors at Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA). The MEEA is a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. The Board that meets three times yearly in Chicago is made up of representatives from state energy offices, utilities, industry, and various consulting firms. Plummer serves on the Policy committee, which focuses on advancing policies that foster energy efficiency in the Midwest, and the Membership committee, which is focused on providing value to the various organizations that are members of MEEA and growing its membership base. Since 2007, Plummer has worked for Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, as a Senior Engineering Specialist. Plummer can be contacted through LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joseph-plummer/6/68/31a.

Peer accepts position with CenterPoint Energy

In January, Audrey Peer (MPP 2011) joined CenterPoint Energy as a Conservation improvement Programs Regulatory Analyst. Her previous position was with CapX2020 as a business analysis.

Greenwood-Sanchez begins work in Chile

David Greenwood-Sanchez (MPP 2011) recently accepted a job as a research analyst with Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Latin America, in Santiago, Chile. J-PAL works to fight poverty by evaluating development programs and then promoting successful efforts on a larger scale. As a research analysis, Greenwood-Sanchez is involved in most parts of the evaluation process including writing grants, preparing budgets, organizing and analyzing the evaluation data, preparing surveys, hiring survey companies, communicating with funders and partner organizations, and working with professors and other researchers to piece together all of the information. He is currently working on three randomized evaluations in the fields of higher education, discrimination, and female labor force participation. Greenwood-Sanchez writes that his job is "a lot of work, no question, but [it is] also very satisfying to be constantly learning and working for a good cause." He can be contacted by email at