Monday, September 30, 2013

Welbes recognized with the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award

Matt Welbes.jpgMatthew Welbes (MA '90) was recognized with the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for his work as executive director at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

He was cited for his leadership supporting development and implementation of improvements for FTA's major transit investments development process (such as the Twin Cities Central Corridor light rail line) and the sound management of over $8 billion in Recovery Act transit project funding. The annual awards are presented to fewer than two percent of federal Senior Executive Service members.

Matthew has been the executive director of the FTA since 2008.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Eash takes position as Program Coordinator

Laura Eash.jpgLaura Eash (MURP '10) recently began a position as the Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Transportation Alliance and the Minnesota Public Transit Association. Previously she worked as a Living GreenCorps Member for the Minnesota GreenCorps.

While at the Humphrey School, Laura worked in the State and Local Policy Program as a research assistant and interned at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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Lundquist takes position as Hubert Project Director

Leah Lundquist.jpgThe Humphrey School of Public Affairs is excited to announce that Leah Lundquist (MPP '10) will begin her new role as the Hubert Project Director. Leah has served with the Center of Integrative Leadership as the Manager of Community Partnerships providing support for its exemplary leadership development initiatives.

Prior to graduating with her Master of Public Policy degree, Leah was an Associate Program Officer with the Northwest Area Foundation where she was instrumental in implementing a technology solution for effective relationship management. Her experience in digital content development, social media communication, and virtual community development are invaluable for the continued evolution of the Hubert Project, an Open Educational Resource of Public Affairs education.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Johnson interviewed by CNN's "Black in America"

Duane Johnson.jpgCNN recently came to town to interview Duane Johnson (MPP '10) as part of its "Black in America" series. Johnson co-founded Tuloko (, an online database that lists African American owned businesses and events. The show airs in December 2013.

From the Insight News story:

"As an upcoming installment of CNN's 'Black in America' hosted by Soledad O'Brien, the provocative series will focus on African-American businesses and economic empowerment. One of the businesses to be featured is a start-up developed right here in the Twin Cities. Not so ironically, the business' mission is to connect African-American consumers to African-American businesses.

The brainchild of Duane Johnson and Sean Armstrong, Tuloko ( is an internet-based search site listing and highlighting Black-owned businesses in various metropolitan cities throughout the country. As the duo explained, Tuloko is like an Angie's List or Yelp, but specifically geared towards generating traffic to Black-owned businesses."

Read the full story.

Originally published in the Humphrey School's Diversity Blog.

Nethercut loved working with others to make good things happen

Bob Nethercut.jpgRobert E. "Bob" Nethercut (MA '67), age 88, died peacefully on September 2, 2013. He is survived by Jean, his loving wife of 64 years, and their four children.

After graduating from Elyria (Ohio) High School in 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in France and Germany during WWII. After the war Bob graduated from Wooster College, where he met Jean McAfee. They were married in 1949. After he earned an M.S. in Physics from Ohio State University, they moved to Minnesota in 1951. Bob worked for 15 years as a research scientist with Honeywell. He also became involved in local government and politics, serving as a City Council Trustee and then Mayor of Arden Hills.

In 1967 Bob changed careers and spent 20 years on the staff of the Metropolitan Council where he served in several positions, including the Director of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission. He played an instrumental role in the development of the Twin Cities regional park system and earned an M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Minnesota.

Bob loved working with others to make good things happen. He held key leadership positions with many organizations, including Presbyterian Church of the Way, Minnesota Senior Federation, North Suburban Golden Kiwanis Club, YMCA (Family) Camp DuNord, YMCA Camp Menogyn, the Citizens League, Roseville Citizens Forum, and the Ramsey County Parks and Open Space Commission. Above all else, Bob was a friendly, generous and kind person with a great sense of humor.

Read the full obituary.