Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gadwa Nicodemus co-authors chapter on creative placemaking

AnneGadwa.jpgAnne Gadwa Nicodemus (MURP ' 07) recently gave two keynote presentations on creative placemaking in Louisiana. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Professor Emerita Ann Markusen and Gadwa Nicodemus also co-authored a chapter in Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development, recently published by the Brookings Institution.

Read the Brookings Institution release and learn more about the Culture Connection Conference where Anne presented.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lee begins work at the MN House of Representatives

Andrew Lee.jpgAndrew Lee (MURP '10), began his full time position as a non-partisan fiscal analyst at the Minnesota House of Representatives in November 2012. Andrew directly supports the House Transportation Finance and Capital Investment Committees, and his duties include analyzing the fiscal impacts of new legislation and providing representatives with impartial oversight of budgeting for the agencies in his committee purview.

Andrew graduated from the Humphrey School in May of 2012 with a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning degree and held an internship at the service development department of Metro Transit working on arterial bus planning. After that internship, he did freelance GIS and statistical work using U.S. Census data to analyze the spatial patterns of same sex households across the United States.

Andrew says, "I can honestly say that my work at the House has me using the skills and knowledge that I gained at Humphrey and through my internship at Metro Transit. I am very fortunate have had the excellent teachers and classmates at Humphrey."

Email Andrew at or connect with him on LinkedIn. Linkedin_icon.jpg

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Nezhad takes on new position at Rainbow Health Initiative

sheila-cropped-thumb-297x320-147513.jpgSheila Nezhad (MDP '10) is the program manager at Rainbow Health Initiative (RHI). RHI is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that advances health equity for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people through research, education, and advocacy. She oversees a variety of programs that focus on advancing the health of LGBTQ people in Minnesota, including: educating health care providers about LGBTQ health disparities, conducting health research, advocating for LGBTQ inclusion in public health, and reducing the harms of alcohol and tobacco on LGBTQ communities.

Learn more about Rainbow Health Initiative and get more info about the press conference of the RHI Data Release Event held this past March.

Originally published in the Humphrey Diversity blog.

Harris part of discussion on the state of charities in Minnesota

TristaHarris.jpgTrista Harris (MPP ' 00), executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, was on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit on March 22, 2013, with other nonprofit leaders to discuss the state of charities and nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.

The questions Harris and the other Friday Roundtable guests were asked to explore in their conversation included: Is passion and belief in the mission enough to make a successful nonprofit, or is more innovation and accountability needed? And what kind of lessons can nonprofits learn from the corporate world?

Listen to the conversation at Minnesota Public Radio.

Espinosa interviewed on MPR

Carlos Espinosa.jpgCarlos Espinosa (MURP '06), was recently interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio on the slowing of the frac sand industry in southeastern Minnesota. Carlos is the assistant city planner for the City of Winona.

"A few blocks away at city hall, Assistant City Planner Carlos Espinosa said the stockpile was one of nine active or proposed frac sand operations in Winona. But he said that in just a couple years at least half of them, if not more, have come offline.

"They haven't been used at all. Also, the ones that are active right now, aren't seeing as much truck traffic as was occurring a couple of years ago," Espinosa said. "Overall, you're seeing quite a decline in the amount of truck traffic and the amount of activity at these operations."

Listen to the full story on Minnesota Public Radio.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kapper joins SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

JosephKapper.jpgIn October 2012, Joseph Kapper (MURP '07) joined SRF Consulting Group, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN as a senior planner in the firm's Transportation Planning and Environmental Group. He works on a variety of projects related to transit planning and transportation policy analysis for agencies at the state, local, and regional levels.

Prior to joining SRF, Joseph held multiple positions at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in the Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads and Harbors in Madison, WI, and completed internships at Metro Transit in Minneapolis, MN.

Connect with Joseph at jkapper@srfconsulting.comor on LinkedIn. Linkedin_icon.jpg

Monday, April 8, 2013

Zheng takes on role at SSGA Asset Management Co. Ltd

Jenny Zheng.pngJenny Zheng (MURP '01) recently began a position as the Executive Director of Asset Management at SSGA Fund Management Co. Ltd. (State Street Global Advisors China). Her day to day responsibilities will include managing the entire process of CMBS/ABS underwriting and issuance; launching and managing Mortgage-REIT-Like open-ended funds; issuing and managing private investment trust plans for separate account investors including institutional and high net wealth clients; launching and managing private equity investment fund platform in real estate and infrastructure; and launching and managing QDII & QFII investment platform with a focus of real estate, infrastructure and energy industry.

Prior to this position, Jenny was an Investment Analyst in Global Real Estate at Cohen & Steers Capital Management in New York City. She also attended New York University and received a Masters in Real Estate Finance and Investment in 2005.

Connect with Jenny on LinkedIn. Linkedin_icon.jpg

Yerhot joins BuckleySandler LLP in Washington, D.C.

lyerhot.jpgLaura Yerhot (MPP '08) recently became the Attorney Recruiting and Development Coordinator at the law firm of BuckleySandler LLP in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for firm-wide attorney recruiting; attorney professional development, including substantive training through the in-house attorney professional development training program, and otherwise; coordination of the annual review process; and oversees departmental budgets and finances.

Prior to this, Laura was a Research Associate at the American Institutes for Research where she focused on technical assistance and training to the U.S. Department of Education's Regional Comprehensive Center, specifically in the areas of high school dropout, credit recovery, and early warning systems.

Connect with Laura on LinkedIn. Linkedin_icon.jpg

Friday, April 5, 2013

Goodspeed joins the Chicano Latino Affairs Council

Sarah Goodspeed.jpgIn October of 2012, Sarah Goodspeed (MS-STEP '10) joined the Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC) as their Legislative and Community Relations Manager. She is responsible for much of CLAC's legislative drafting and lobbying during session; meeting with community groups to know what they need, work with state agencies, House Research and the Revisor to know what is possible and draft that language, and with legislators and the Governor to see it through.

She also recently planned the Latino Legislative Day at the Capitol for hundreds of Latino community members to get engaged and share their priorities with their legislators, and will have community forums throughout the year to continue to hear and share resources with those who are often underserved by state agencies.

Sarah is learning to prioritize her home life while maintaining a high standard of work as well as a presence in environmental networks. However, she is trying to take more time to relax, go to the gym, take a road trip, and catch up with other Humphrey alumni!

Email Sarah at or find her on LinkedIn. Linkedin_icon.jpg