Monday, December 2, 2013

Hampton takes position at the Ford School

Heather Hampton.jpgHeather Hampton (MPP '06) joined the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan as a business intelligence analyst in August 2013. In this role, she analyzes data to develop meaningful and useful information for business purposes.

Heather also recently started a baking blog called Sweet Precision. It's a collection of recipes with everything from Italian cream cupcakes to cappuccino cookies.

Linkedin_icon.jpg Connect with Heather on LinkedIn or leave a comment on her blog.

Downtown Council names Cramer as new CEO

SteveCramer_280.jpgSteve Cramer (MA '79) has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District. He begins the position on December 2, 2013.

Steve has served as the president and executive director of Minneapolis-based Project for Pride in Living (PPL) since 2003. He currently serves as chair of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority, the public entity that owns Target Field, and sits on the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Steve also served on the Minneapolis City Council from 1984 to 1993.

Read the full Twin Cities Business article.

Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

Clift selected as "Champion of Change"

Clift.jpgEarlier this summer, Steven Clift (MA '91) was selected as a Champion of Change winner. The White House Champion of Change for Transformative Civic Engagement award recognized 15 local leaders across the nation working to build participation in our democratic processes while using new technologies and engaging less represented communities via open government and civic hacking.

Steven launched, the world's first election information website in 1994. His "government by day, citizen by night" insights were built as leader of the State of Minnesota's first e-government initiative. He has spoken across 30 countries for over a decade from Estonia to Libya to Mongolia on open government and civic participation to support non-partisan, volunteer-powered efforts for inclusive online local democracy.

View the clips, press releases, and Steven's official White House blog post.

Skrebes interviewed by The New York Times

Robyn J. Skrebes (MPP '06) was recently interviewed by The New York Times in an October 8, 2013 article on the topic of health insurance exchanges and her experience with the state-run insurance exchange in Minnesota, MNsure.

"Robyn J. Skrebes of Minneapolis said she was able to sign up for health insurance in about two hours on Monday using the Web site of the state-run insurance exchange in Minnesota, known as MNsure. Ms. Skrebes, who is 32 and uninsured, said she had selected a policy costing $179 a month, before tax credit subsidies, and also had obtained Medicaid coverage for her 2-year-old daughter, Emma.

"I am thrilled," Ms. Skrebes said, referring to her policy. "It's affordable, good coverage. And the Web site of the Minnesota exchange was pretty simple to use, pretty straightforward. The language was really clear."

Read the full article on The New York Times website.

Omari featured in CE+HD Profile

Omari.jpgAbdul M. Omari (MPP '08) grew up in south Minneapolis, just ten minutes from the University of Minnesota. Yet the first time he came to campus was for freshman orientation in 2004.

Now, almost a decade later, Omari is deeply connected to the University. He completed his bachelor's degree in global studies in the College of Liberal Arts with a minor in African and African-American studies, then earned a master's of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Now in the College of Education and Human Development, he is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative and international development education.

Last spring, Omari was elected to the University Board of Regents.

"This is the place where dreams come true," he says. "That's what I tell people all of the time and people laugh, but I mean it."

Read the original feature on the College of Education + Human Development's website.