Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Saunoi-Sandgren named director of research at PNLC

EmilySaunoiSandgren.jpgEmily Saunoi-Sandgren (MPP '05) has assumed expanded responsibilities as director of research with the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She develops and manages research and outreach activities that contribute to the study and practice of leadership and management in the public affairs arena. Emily also serves as adjunct faculty for the Humphrey School where she teaches qualitative research methods.

Prior to coming to the Humphrey School, Emily worked in the nonprofit sector on policy issues affecting women and children.

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn.


Helm working with The Wilderness Society in D.C.

Brandon Helm.jpgBrandon Helm (MPP '10) joined The Wilderness Society as the Land and Water Conservation Fund national campaign coordinator in January 2014. His new position is a hybrid grassroots organizing and government affairs position. Brandon's team is working on a campaign to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and if all goes well, it will be funded at a higher level.

Previously, Brandon was a government affairs associate at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in Washington, D.C.

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Kalia takes position at Sutter Health in Sacramento

Sukanya Kalia.jpgSukanya Kalia (MPP '05) is now the strategy implementation manager for care coordination with Sutter Health, based out of Sacramento, California. She provides project management support for both their Acute Case Management and Disease Management initiatives.

Previously, Sukanya was the manager of family services and programs at FamilyWise Services. She also held apposition at the Minnesota Department of Human Services as an outreach specialist and coordinator of cultural competency and disparities projects.

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Kiedrowski transitions to faculty director of PNLC

jay kiedrowski.jpgJay Kiedrowski (MA '71) has been named faculty director for the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Jay is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Humphrey School.

He teaches courses on public and nonprofit financial analysis and budgeting, organizational performance and change, strategic human resources management, integrative leadership, and public service redesign. He also does executive training and consults.

Before coming to the University in 2004, Jay was the executive vice president for Wells Fargo and Company (successor to Northwest Corporation). He was responsible for leading institutional trust, institutional brokerage, and trust operations for the merged Northwest / Wells Fargo organization.

Connect with Jay on LinkedIn.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Aman joins the Wilder Foundation

Jackie Aman.jpgIn October 2013, Jackie Aman (MPP '09) joined the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation as a research associate. Her specialties include program evaluation, nonprofit management, cross-sector collaborations, international program coordination, and organizational sustainability analysis.

Before joining Wilder, Jackie was the research and programs manager at the Humphrey School and was also at the National Youth Leadership Council as an executive assistant and coordinator of international initiatives.

Connect with Jackie on LinkedIn.


Thorpe lands new position through networking

David Thorpe.jpgAfter moving to Denver this fall David Thorpe (MURP '11) started job searching through a variety of avenues, including government job listings, his existing professional network in the Denver area, and the Humphrey Alumni network. He ultimately found his new position through the Urban Land Institute at a young professional happy hour where he was introduced to some of the staff at Norris Design. Networking matters, as it turns out! He was offered the position of Staff Planner at Norris Design and happily accepted.

David shares his work experiences:

"My day-to-day workload is constantly changing, but entails a fair bit of work in AutoCAD, primarily drafting various planning, entitlement, and landscaping documents. I also work in Photoshop to produce presentation graphics for our clients, and I spend a considerable amount of time leaning over a drafting table working in pencil on tracing paper to develop lotting options for particular sites."

"Our firm has about 65+ people in 6 cities across the West and Midwest, with the bulk of the staff housed in our Denver office. The work environment is excellent and the office culture is great. And there's a bit more natural light than those labs in the basement of the Humphrey...... One scheduling plus is that we close the office at 3pm on Fridays in the winter and Noon on Fridays in the summer - and then take off for the mountains. Dogs are welcome in the office on Fridays, too."

David continues:

"I'm continually thankful for this position, the culture of the company, and the chance to be a part of the Norris team. The Humphrey School was great training for my professional career and I'm grateful for the chance to have been there.

Feel free to call or write if you're in the Denver area. And think of Norris Design if you have any planning or landscape architecture needs!"

Connect with David via email at jdavidthorpe@gmail.com

Friday, February 14, 2014

Former state senator Borden passes away

Winston Borden.jpgWinston W. Borden (MA '67) age 70, former state senator from Brainerd, died Jan. 20 due to kidney and liver failure. He is survived by children, Amanda (Steve), Ben, Chris (Dinah); grandsons Henry, William, Sam; brothers John (Lori), Thomas (Jan); sister Edna (Gary). Winston graduated from St. Cloud State and the Univ. of Minn. Elected to the state Senate three times, Winston worked tirelessly for the Equal Rights Amendment, the BWCA and workers' protection. Following his service in the legislature, Winston was president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and practiced law before returning to the family farm. Winston was a teacher, author, lobbyist, entrepreneur and environmentalist who strived to bridge differences between political parties for the common good. He also leaves behind 5,000 Facebook friends, an old wood stove, and a goose named Peeps.

Read the full obituary.

Mac Arthur Announces Baby Boy

Andrea Mac Arthur.jpgDouglas Hayes Mac Arthur was born on October 5, 2013 to proud parents Andrea Mac Arthur (MPP '12) and Douglas Mac Arthur. Andrea leads the corporate relations efforts at Community Health Charities Minnesota where she partners with employers across the state to plan, implement and evaluate philanthropy, volunteer and employee wellness programs.

Connect with Andrea on LinkedIn or amacarthur@healthcharities.org