Thursday, March 28, 2013

Torres Ray takes the $101 pledge

63TorresRay.jpgSeveral Minnesota lawmakers have been challenged to live on the same amount that families on Minnesota's welfare program get per week. Many, including Senator Patricia Torres Ray (MPA '02), say they can't do it on the $101 a week their family would get. The Minnesota legislature is considering a request to raise the amount it gives out per family through the Minnesota Family Investment Program.

Watch the video of the press conference.

Originally published in the Humphrey Diversity Blog.

Omari appointed to the U of M's Board of Regents

Abdul Omari1.jpgOn March 6, the Minnesota Legislature approved the appointment of Abdul Omari (MPP '08) to the Minnesota Board of Regents. Omari is a third-year doctoral student studying international and comparative development education at the School. He was recommended to serve in the at-large position reserved for a University student.

Read the Minnesota Daily article.

Originally published in the Humphrey Diversity Blog

Photo by Jaak Jensen.

Krueger featured on Comcast Newsmakers and HuffPost

Keith Krueger.jpgKeith R. Krueger (MPA '79), CEO of Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a U.S. nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 technology leaders, was recently featured in two news stories. The first was an opinion piece in the Huffington Post titled, "School Technology: The Driver for Reimagining Learning". The second was a Comcast Newsmakers segment where Keith discussed the importance of closing the technology access gap, a crucial component of CoSN's strategic plan.

Read Keith's Huffington Post piece.

Watch Keith's segment on Comcast Newsmakers.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Driscoll joins Rhode Islanders United for Marriage

Devin Driscoll1.jpgAfter having spent a year as the Rhode Island State Director for the Obama for America campaign, Devin Driscoll (MPP '09) recently accepted a position as Communications Director with Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, a grassroots coalition organizing for marriage equality legislation in the Ocean State. In this position, Devin will be working in support of passing a bill during this legislative session, working with all departments on story training and media relations. Devin plans to return to Minnesota this summer to tackle his next big adventure.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Anderson hired as VP of Development at Ryan Companies, Inc.

Eric Anderson1.jpgEric Anderson (MA ' 85) has been hired by Ryan Companies, Inc. as Vice President of Development in the North Central region. In his new position, Eric is responsible for leading the pursuit of Senior Living Development and Construction projects in the Upper Midwest. Additional responsibilities include site selection and land acquisition, design/construction coordination, financial packaging and partnering with senior living operators.

Prior to joining Ryan, Eric worked for New Perspective Senior Living and the City of Edina. Eric developed over 400 units of integrated senior housing with New Perspectives as their Vice President of Development. At Edina, he helped direct some of the City's most prestigious real estate developments including Grandview Square and Centennial Lakes. In addition to senior housing, Eric's prior development background includes leadership of all the development activities for the $120 million Westin Edina Galleria Hotel and Residences project including city approval, Starwood brand approval, a financing commitment and a successful condo sales launch within a six-month window.

Read the full press release here.

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Ginis joins Metro Transit

Sophia Ginis1.jpgSophia Ginis (MPP '10) recently joined Metro Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Council, as a community outreach coordinator, helping those in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park connect with the Southwest LRT project. Prior to joining Metro Transit, Sophia was the Outreach Manager for the Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy at the Humphrey School, and most recently worked on external relations projects for the Office of Communications at the Humphrey School.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Rau to begin federal judicial clerkship

Thumbnail image for Kristen Rau1.jpgKristen Rau (MPP '07) is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.) and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Kristen has pursued her interests in international human rights law and international criminal justice throughout her graduate career, and recently published an article ("Jurisprudential Innovation or Accountability Avoidance? The International Criminal Court and Proposed Expansion of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights") in the Minnesota Law Review.

As a 2013 Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow and a 2013 Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow, Kristen will work as a legal fellow with the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. SALC's international justice program seeks to encourage southern African states to comply with their international obligations through litigation and advocacy. In August 2013, Kristen will begin a federal judicial clerkship with Judge David S. Doty in Minneapolis.

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