Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Meyer and Driscoll Tie the Knot

Humphrey alumni Katie (Meyer) Driscoll (MPP '11) and Devin Driscoll (MPP '11) tied the knot on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Minnesota. While taking their wedding photos, they even managed to run into Hubert H. Humphrey.

They have recently moved back to Minnesota after spending the past year on the east coast. Devin was most recently the campaign manager at Pell for Governor in Rhode Island, and Katie is working as a freelancer at Gage Street Strategies.

Connect with Katie on LinkedIn.

Connect with Devin on LinkedIn.

Naramore interviewed by MPR News

Barb Naramore (MA ‘89) was recently interviewed in early December about the two-year-old lawsuit brought by the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowners Association by MPR News.

"DNR Assistant Commissioner Barb Naramore said the settlement will help advance "long-term water sustainability" in the north and east suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area, but she said agency officials continue to disagree with the plaintiffs on what led to the lake's decline. She noted that the lake's level is within the historic range and that agency experts believe climate is the primary driver for low levels, not groundwater pumping."

Read or listen to the full story by MPR News.

Photo courtesy of Conservation Minnesota.

Beckmann focuses on diversity efforts in St. Paul

Deputy St. Paul Mayor, Kristin Beckmann (MA '03), a former executive director of the Service Employees International Union in Minnesota, is overseeing city efforts to hire more racial and ethnic minorities in better proportion to the city's demographics.

Article excerpt:
"Beckmann, St. Paul's deputy mayor, has been meeting with department heads to review new "racial equity plans" aimed at boosting minority hiring within their divisions.

In St. Paul, "60 percent of the kids are not white," said Beckmann, who became Mayor Chris Coleman's second-in-command in May. "So the St. Paul population is going to become more and more diverse. And St. Paul jobs are good union jobs, with health care and benefits. I want more of our St. Paul residents to have these jobs."

In her first seven months, Beckmann has turned racial equality in city hiring and the redevelopment of the 122-acre Ford Motor Co. campus in Highland Park into two cornerstones of her short tenure."

Read the full story at
Pioneer Press.

(Photo courtesy of St. Paul Mayor's office)

Wu elected to CAN Board of Directors

Brandon Wu (MPP ‘12) was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Climate Action Network-International (CAN). The Board oversees CAN's international secretariat staff, is the fiscal decision-making body for the network, and provides guidance on strategic direction, staffing and more.

CAN is a worldwide network of over 900 NGOs in more than 100 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world.

CAN members place a high priority on both a healthy environment and development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland Commission). CAN's vision is to protect the atmosphere while allowing for sustainable and equitable development worldwide.

Connect with Brandon on LinkedIn.

Visit the CAN website

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Olson becomes manager at Arc’s Value Village Brooklyn Center

Kathie Olson (GC-NM ‘12) has been named manager for Arc’s Value Village Brooklyn Center. She will be bringing experience from nonprofit management positions as well as team building experience in education and public health organizations to the position.

Cakici takes UN job in Ethiopia

Hanife Cakici (MPP ‘11) has accepted the associate program manager and evaluator position at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia. She is currently a UN Young Professional and after two probationary years in Addis, she will then be relocated to another UN secretariat.

Connect with Hanife on LinkedIn.

Original post on Global Notes.

Merz joins Mandhu College

Ryan Merz (MPP ‘13) is now a lecturer at Mandhu College in Maldives. He will be organizing and teaching an introduction to educational research course as well as tutorial sessions for a class of approximately 60 students.

Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.

Ochs interviewed on Greater MSP Business

Jeff Ochs (MPP/MBA ‘14) was interviewed by Cyndy Brucato on Greater MSP Business about his business, Cornerstone Stories. Cornerstone Stories works to preserve the heritage of storytelling that has been passed down through generations by creating books in multiple languages for a variety of fables and parables.

Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn.

Watch the interview on YouTube.

Sivan Sevilla selected as Ph.D. Candidate

Ido Sivan Sevilla (MPP ‘14) was selected as a fully funded ministry of science’s Ph.D. candidate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ido will be analyzing the behavior of hackers in relation to cyber security infrastructure and plans to write his dissertation on regulations in the cyber world.

Connect with Ido on LinkedIn.

Originally posted in Global Notes.

Molloy joins USDA

Connor Molloy (MPP ‘13) is now a program analyst for the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program with the USDA. He will be reviewing the implementation and evaluation reports as well as proposals for McGovern-Dole and Food for Progress. Connor will also be drafting amendments and letters for assigned agreements.

Connect with Connor on LinkedIn.

Stern joins National MS Society

Steffany Stern (MPP ‘06) is now the senior director of advocacy for the Midwest region of the National MS Society. The National MS Society is an organization that mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure to multiple sclerosis as well as helping those affected.

Connect with Steffany on LinkedIn.

Peterson joins Metropolitan Council

Steve Peterson (MURP ‘07) who previously worked for SRF Consulting Group, is now a planning analyst for the Metropolitan Council.  He will be working on the implementation of the Transportation Policy Plan, MnPASS expansion, and other highway studies.

Connect with Steve on LinkedIn

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Whelan elected for Minnesota House District 35A

Abigail Whelan (MPP ‘13) was elected to be the next state representative for Minnesota House District 35A. She will be replacing Jim Abeler who previously held the position for 16 years. Whelan defeated her challenger, Peter Perovich, by gaining 60 percent support from the voters of Anoka and Ramsey County.

Read the original article by ABC Newspapers.

Connect with Abigail on LinkedIn.

Porter joins Enterprise Community Partners

Dean Porter (MURP ‘14) is now the program officer for Enterprise Community Partners. He will be managing a program for housing and community development organizations as well as coordinating a green affordable housing collaborative and leading communication efforts within the Chicago office.

Connect with Dean on LinkedIn.

Esnaashari joins Rainbow Research Inc.

Sheyda Esnaashari (MPP ‘14) is now a research assistant for Rainbow Research Inc. She will be supporting the design and implementation of public health and youth development evaluations both locally and nationally. Her main tasks will include scheduling and conducting interviews, literature reviews, collaborating with senior research associates, as well as leading research and the implementation of new data collection technology.

Connect with Sheyda on LinkedIn.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Grimes’ Retire

Mark (MPlan ‘76) and Tricia (MA ‘82) Grimes retired in July 2014. Mark retired after serving as planning and community development for the City of Golden Valley since 1984. Prior to Golden Valley, he served as the planning director in White Bear Lake, Shoreview and Waconia. Mark served as a member of the Humphrey School alumni board and as a Humphrey mentor.

Tricia was employed by the state of Minnesota for 37 years. Her career began as a legislative fiscal analyst for the Minnesota House where she served for 8 years. Since 1985, she served as policy analyst and legislative liaison for the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Tricia served on the inaugural Humphrey School alumni board and has also been a Humphrey mentor.   

Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.

Connect with Tricia on LinkedIn.

Marquardt creates YPE

Kevin Marquardt (MS-STEP ‘13) decided to strengthen networking opportunities and career development for professionals in the energy industry by founding Young Professionals in Energy – Minneapolis this fall.  YPE Minneapolis offers a year-round calendar of events that aim to facilitate the advancement of young professionals in the energy industry through social, educational and civic service oriented events.

Visit the YPE website here.

Connect with Kevin by email (kevmarq@gmail.com) or on LinkedIn

Karki joins The Global Citizens Initiative

Bibhusha Karki (MDP ‘14) is now a teaching assistant and mentor for The Global Citizens Initiative (TCGI). She will be working on the TCGI’s online global citizen leadership training course which will be conducted in 11 different countries. The course will focus on eight different modules that are designed to help deepen the students understanding of the issues within the module as well as engage students in an active learning exercise.

Connect with Bibhusha on LinkedIn.

Goellner joins City of Golden Valley

Emily Goellner (MURP ‘14) is now the associate planner and grant writer for the City of Golden Valley. She will be working with the planning manager in the physical development department as well as performing a variety of tasks related to land use, comprehensive planning, zoning, and economic development. Emily will also be applying and administering grant funds and awards.

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Freed Receives University Alumni Service Award

Gwendolyn Freed (MPA '07) was one of several individuals honored at the 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration on October 16, 2014 by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Gwendolyn Freed is currently the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She is formerly the executive director of Wallin Education. Prior to Wallin Education, she served as vice president for college relations at Gustavus Adolphus College from 2006 to 2011. Freed has also enjoyed a journalism career that included four and a half years as a Star Tribune reporter, several as editor-in-chief of a national arts magazine, and the opportunity to contribute freelance articles to such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, and MSNBC.com.

As an alumna, she has served as a member and president of the Humphrey School’s alumni board, mentored Humphrey School students in their educational studies and career exploration. She has been and will continue to be a tremendous asset to the Humphrey School community, and her volunteer and professional contributions are wonderful models of alumni achievement.

Gwen holds a master's degree in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, a master’s degree from the Julliard School, as well as a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. She also received her doctorate in education policy and administration at the University of Minnesota in 2012.

Congratulations on receiving this distinguished award, Gwen!

Each fall the University of Minnesota Alumni Association honors the top volunteers, groups, and programs of the past year.

Gwen is the eigth Humphrey School alumnus to receive the Alumni Service Award.

Past recipients of the Alumni Service Award include:

- 2007 Donald Brauer (MA ‘55)
- 2008 James Jernberg (MA ’57)
- 2009 Constance Kozlak (MA ‘72)
- 2010 Bernadine Joselyn (MPA ’00)
- 2011 Paula Mazzacano (MA '90)
- 2012 Katherine Siggerud (MA ’85)
- 2013 Anne Carroll (MA '83)

Originally posted on the Humphrey School's website.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Aronson and Tombarge work with University Relations

Ann Aronson (MPA ‘12) and Chuck Tombarge (MPA ‘14) have joined together to co-lead the managing of day-to-day operations of University Relations at the University of Minnesota. They have been working as chiefs of staff to the president for communications as of October 13, 2014.

Ann and Chuck will be responsible for providing leadership to University Relations, advancing the institutions reputation, aligning communications strategies across campuses, as well as collaborating with units across campus and external organizations. Ann will be continuing her role as chief marketing officer and Chuck will be continuing his role as chief public relations officer.

Connect with Ann on LinkedIn.

Connect with Chuck on LinkedIn.

Read the full story on the Humphrey School's website.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Manning receives promotion

Coral Manning (MPP ‘08) is the new section chief of quality initiatives for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. She will be overseeing all quality initiatives in the Division of Early Care and Education which will include working with YoungStar, the states quality rating and improvement system for child care. Coral will also be overseeing funding for scholarships, bonuses, training and technical assistance for child care providers.

Connect with Coral on LinkedIn.

Swaggert featured on MPR News

Nick Swaggert (MPP ‘13) was featured on MPR News on October 9, 2014 for a discussion about why veterans should be hired. It is Nick’s mission to convince businesses to hire more veterans and make the most out of their skills. Nick served two tours on the Iraqi/Syrian border and is now working for a company called Genesis10.

Listen to the story here.

Connect with Nick on LinkedIn.

Marohn featured in StarTribune

Charles Marohn (MURP ‘07) was featured in the StarTribune on October 8, 2014 for his successful blog, Strong Towns. What started as a simple blog to see if there was anyone with similar thoughts, has now transformed into a national conversation about how American cities are built. Charles’ goal is to create a new model for growth that will allow cities and towns to become financially strong and self-sufficient.

Read the full article here.

Connect with Charles on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hannsgen publishes article in Metroeconomica

Greg Hannsgen (MA ‘95) is a researcher at the Levy Economics Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization at Bard College. He published “Fiscal Policy, Chartal Money, Markup Dynamics, and Unemployment Insurance in a Model of Growth and Distribution” in the July 2014 issue of the economics journal Metroeconomica.

This recent post at the Institute’s blog uses Wolfram CDF technology, allowing the viewer to see how one of the models presented in the article works with two alternative fiscal-policy rules and with different parameter values. Hannsgen joined the Institute in 2002 and brought CDF technology to its blog in 2012. He is a member of the Institute's U.S. macro team.

Connect with Greg by email: ghannsgen@aol.com

Read the post here.

Conway joins UCare

Liz Conway (MA ‘88) is now the assistant director of product management for UCare. She will be directing the planning and execution of management and performance improvement efforts company-wide. She is also responsible for the implementation of new products and service area expansions in commercial markets and government programs.

Connect with Liz on LinkedIn.

Miller joins Daxko

Constance Miller (MPP ‘03) is the new director of research and analytics for Daxko. She will be developing and overseeing comprehensive data strategies, analysis, reporting processes and research projects as well as managing a team of analysts. She will also be managing a national market research call center.

Connect with Constance on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nezhad joins Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Sheila Nezhad (MDP ‘12) is the new operations associate for Headwaters Foundation for Justice. Headwaters Foundation for Justice is a catalyst for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice that works through grant making and organizational assistance.

Connect with Sheila on LinkedIn.

Haugen joins Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Scott Haugen (MPP ‘12) is now the parks and trails acquisition and development specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Scott will be responsible for advancement in the goals and priorities of the Parks and Trails Division as well as facilitating environmental review during projects. He will also be providing research, planning input, and technical assistance to internal and external partners.

Connect with Scott on LinkedIn.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ehresmann joins IREX

Peter Ehresmann (MDP ‘14) is the new program associate for IREX. IREX is an international nonprofit organization that provides leadership and innovative programs to promote positive change globally. Peter will be co-managing an undergraduate exchange program with the main goal of increasing a mutual understanding between people from the United States and those from other countries.

Connect with Peter on LinkedIn.

Snyder joins Grassroots Solutions

Bethany Snyder (MPP ‘07) is now the MNSure director of Grassroots Outreach for Grassroots Solutions. Previously, Bethany was the director of government affairs for Aging Services of Minnesota and the field director for Senator Al Franken with the US Senate.

Connect with Bethany on LinkedIn.

Barnea joins Office of the Secretary for DOT

Avital Barnea (MURP ‘11) is now the policy analyst for the office of the secretary for the US Department of Transportation (DOT).  She will be overseeing and managing the Transportation investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grants.

Connect with Avital on LinkedIn.

Carlson makes ‘Top 40 Under 40’ list

Charles Carlson (MURP ‘09) was honored in Mass Transit magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” list for his significant contributions to the public transit industry. Charles is the head of the Bus Rapid Transit/Small Starts Project Office and is leading the implementation of arterial BRT system as well as the METRO Orange line.

Read more about Charles here.

Nolan joins Housing Partnership Network

John Nolan (MPP ‘07) is now the director of Framework Partnerships at the Housing Partnership Network. Framework is an on-line education course for homebuyers that was developed by two non-profit organizations. John will both represent and promote Framework nationally to current and future partners.

Connect with John on LinkedIn.

Venegas Swanson joins Counterpart International

Tatyana Venegas Swanson (MDP ‘14) is now a program associate in governance and civil society strengthening at Counterpart International. She will be providing administrative and programmatic assistance that is necessary to support program implementation for the department’s security programs in central and South America.

Connect with Tatyana on LinkedIn.

Silburn joins the Planning Institute of Jamaica

Tashna Silburn (MPP ‘14) recently joined the European Union Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica as the senior project economist.

Previously, Tashna worked as an intern for the University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns (CST). While at CST, Tashna helped to facilitate the 2014 Symposium on Small Towns, assisted with the Highway 68 Safety Analysis project, and designed a survey too for the city of Foxhome. Read about her internship here .

Connect with Tashna on LinkedIn.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fenley joins MSCOD

David Fenley (MPP ‘14) is now a legislative specialist for the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD). David will be working on the implementation of the Olmstead Plan in Minnesota and is very excited to be working at the capitol and advocating for the disabled community.

Connect with David on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Igoye invited to join CGI 2014 Annual Meeting

Agnes Igoye (Humphrey Fellow 2010-2011) was invited to attend the Clinton Global initiative (CGI) 2014 Annual Meeting in New York. She was selected because of her success and commitment to countering human trafficking. The event will take place from September 21-24.

In addition to her work on human trafficking, Agnes also mentors Humphrey School students through the Global Mentor Program, as well as the Minneapolis organization, Books for Africa. She is also a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for internationals this year and will be recognized at an event in late October 2014

Learn more about CGI here.

Connect with Agnes on LinkedIn.

Hamma Joins Ecolab

Peter Hamma (MPP ‘12) is now a human resources assistant for Ecolab. He will be a point of contact for successful recruits while assisting three on campus recruiters with travel, shipping, scheduling, and organizing. He will also be ensuring that recruiting activities are on schedule and to budget.

Connect with Peter on LinkedIn.

Driscoll joins Cicilline for Congress

Devin Driscoll (MPP ‘11) is now a senior advisor for Congressman David Cicilline. Previously, Devin was a campaign manager for Clay Pell.

Connect with Devin on LinkedIn.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Khlebnikov works on Russia Direct

Alex Khlebnikov (MPP ‘14) recently started working on the Russia Direct project as an editor. Russia Direct is a website that experts and senior decision makers rely on to debate and understand Russia's relationship with the world and the U.S. in particular. Founded in 2013, Russia Direct features original reporting as well as fresh writing from a wide variety of experts from both Russia, US and around the world who deliver insight often missing from today's media landscape. Every day, Russia Direct gives their growing and very influential audience unique intelligence on the people, trends, issues and challenges that are driving the global conversation about Russia.

Connect with Alex on LinkedIn.

Originally published in Global Notes.  

Hylton joins Ramsey County Community Corrections

Zachary Hylton (MDP ‘14) recently became the planning and evaluation analyst for Ramsey County Community Corrections. He will be conducting an evaluation on juvenile out of home treatment programs within Ramsey County, as well as investigating client placement and staffing decision making patterns. Zachary will also be developing policies and procedures for program evaluations, reporting, and regulatory requirements.

Connect with Zachary on LinkedIn.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Malecha begins Doctorate Program

Matthew Malecha (MURP ‘12) has started a doctorate program in urban and regional sciences at Texas A&M University. Previously, Matthew was a senior transportation planner for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Connect with Matthew by email (matthew.malecha@gmail.com) or on Twitter

Friday, September 12, 2014

Johnson launches Tuloko

Duane Johnson (MPP ‘12) is the co-founder of Tuloko, a corporation that provides internet-related products and services focused on minority owned businesses.

Catch Tuloko this Sunday, Sept 14th on KSTP Channel 5 @ 10:30 a.m.  Tuloko will be a featured guest on Greater MSP Business hosted by Cyndy Brucato.

On Tuesday, Sept 16th from 4 pm - 7pm come and support Tuloko who will be a presenter at the CURA Tech Demo Day.  Tuloko is a finalist competing for one of three grants totaling $60,000 from the McKnight Foundation.  To register for this free event, click here.

Saint Juste receives a promotion

Frantzie Saint Juste (MDP ‘13) is now an associate at Chemonics International. She will be providing contractual, financial, operations and administrative support for the Feel the Future Agriculture Policy Support project in Ghana.

Connect with Frantzie on LinkedIn.

Widick Furthers Education

Bethany Claus Widick (MPP ‘03) is now working towards an MS in historic preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She will be working in an architecture-focused program.
Previously Bethany worked as a senior vice-president and senior compliance officer for Citibank.

Connect with Bethany on LinkedIn.

Joh joins Marin Community Foundation

Tina Joh (MA ‘97) is the new senior philanthropic advisor for Marin Community Foundation (MCF). The mission of MCF is to apply philanthropic contributions that help to improve the human condition, embrace diversity, promote a humane and democratic society, and enhance the quality of life within different communities.

Connect with Tina on LinkedIn.

Goodspeed joins Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

Sarah Goodspeed (MS-STEP ‘12) is the new research analyst for the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy. She will be focusing on equity and community empowerment as well as research and education about climate, energy, and environmental justice.

Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

Sullivan joins Minneapolis Public Schools

Molly Sullivan (MPP ‘10) has accepted an offer to work on the first Grow Your Own program for Minneapolis Public Schools. She will be developing a program that identifies talented people working within the district with Bachelor’s degrees who do not have teaching credentials. Molly will be working alongside the Urban Teacher Residency United group as well as other local institutes to create a pathway to certification for them.

Previously, Molly was the manager of innovation and sustainability for the Human Capital Research Collaborative for a little over two years.

In addition to her new job, Molly’s son Teddy is now five months old! Teddy was born on March 3, 2014 and weighed seven pounds and six ounces at birth.

Connect with Molly on LinkedIn.

Mitchell joins St Croix Energy Solutions

John Mitchell (MPA ‘12) is the new energy consultant for St Croix Energy Solutions. SCES is a privately operated company dedicated to making homes and businesses more comfortable, durable, safe, and efficient with how they use energy.

Previously, John was the manager of quality assurance and training for Residential Science Resources, LLC.

Connect with John on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Greenwood-Sanchez Starts PhD Program

David Greenwood-Sanchez (MPP ‘11) has started a PhD program in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He will be studying international relations with a focus on Latin America. David’s goal is to conduct more research on a project he started while attending the Humphrey School on indigenous resistance to intellectual property rights in the Andes region.

Connect with David on LinkedIn.

Silverstein Launches Guinea Water Project

Jonathan Silverstein (MPlan ‘93) has launched the Guinea Water Project, a fundraising campaign to bring safe drinking water to people in Guinea, Africa, where water-borne diseases such as cholera, tuberculosis A, and fecal diarrhea are commonplace. The campaign will run through October 6.

For more information, please visit www.guineawaterproject.org.

Connect with Jonathan at jsilvers@rcn.com

Zhao joins Hilti

Serene Zhao (MDP ‘12) is now the senior financial analyst at the Hilti facility in Shanghai, China. The facility specializes in the production of screws, light-duty electro pneumatic hammer drills, and semi-automatic direct fastening tools.

Previously, Serene was the senior financial analyst at the Cirrus Aircraft Company where she performed monthly financial analysis and was responsible for all sales and marketing associated accounting works.

Connect with Serene on LinkedIn.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ritchie speaks at Dakota County Fall Lecture Series

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (MPA ’11) will be speaking at the Dakota County Fall Lecture Series on Monday, September 15th. The event will kick off at 6 pm at Mendota Heights City Hall with coffee and sweets to follow the program.

For more information contact Paul Portz at portz332@comcast.net

Chen joins Penn State University

Qian Chen (MURP '12) started her new job as a graduate research assistant at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Qian is working towards her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Marketing.

Connect with Qian on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Humphrey School All-class Reunion - Scholarships Due 9/1, Early Bird Reg Ends 9/15!

Make plans to join us for the second annual Humphrey School All-class Reunion and to "Celebrate the Common Good!"

Saturday, October 18, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN

In the spirit of Humphrey, this event is designed to nourish the fire that originally brought you to the Humphrey School through thought, action, and conversation.

The evening will consist of a catered dinner, social time to reconnect with your classmates, and inspiring TED-style talks from your fellow Humphrey alumni on the theme of the 'common good'. Speakers will be announced in early September.

This year's Humphrey School All-class Reunion will also be held in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's Homecoming 2014 events. Be sure to plan for a weekend of fun activities with your fellow Humphrey alumni!

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the School are all invited to attend!

Register today!
EARLY BIRD $50 (by midnight September 15)
(UMAA Members: $45)

REGISTRATION $70 (beginning on September 16)
(UMAA Members: $65)


A limited number of scholarships may be available to those who apply for support by September 1st. To apply, please fill out this form with a few sentences about why you would like to be considered for a discounted registration fee (unemployed, recent graduate, in transition, etc.). Scholarships will be in the amount of a discount for $20 off the registration fee (a total of $30 for registration will still need to be paid).

(not included in the reunion registration fee)

University of Minnesota Homecoming Football Game
8 a.m. - Ski-U-Mania
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, East Bank

11 a.m. - Kickoff
TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota, East Bank

Purchase your football tickets by September 2 to sit in the "Humphrey" section - limited seats available!

Purchase Gopher Football tickets ONLY here.

Purchase Ski-U-Mania AND Gopher Football tickets with one purchase here.

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the School are all invited to attend!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Courtney Barrette, Alumni Relations Officer at barr0396@umn.edu or 612-625-2099.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Berke joins Minnesota Housing Partnership

This past May, Sarah Berke (MPP '10) joined the Minnesota Housing Partnership as the director of business strategy and community partnerships, where she leads organizational strategy to implement collaborative approaches to improve conditions of home and community.

Before joining MHP in 2014, she managed a portfolio of emerging social enterprises at the national Housing Partnership Network, and facilitated an initiative investing in innovative neighborhood stabilization practices. Earlier, she managed external relations at the Chicago Community Loan Fund.

Sarah was also nominated to join the Humphrey School Alumni Society Board in July.

Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.