Friday, March 28, 2014

Fate retires from CommonBond Communities

Paul Fate.jpgOn January 22, 2014, Paul Fate (MPlan '89) announced his retirement after seven years as CEO of CommonBond Communities. Paul has over 35 years in the field of housing and community development and will continue to lead the organization until his successor is named.

"CommonBond has never been stronger and is poised to take the next significant step forward in the years to come," Mr. Fate said. "Over the past seven years we have developed a great executive leadership team and board of directors that have focused on our mission to build stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities. Together with our many partners and supporters, we have taken the organization to another level of impact and productivity. We now have 5,500 homes with life changing services serving over 9,000 people. We are positioned as a regional and national leader and are completing an ambitious, new three-year strategic plan."

Read his full retirement announcement.

Photo courtesy of CommonBond.

Stephenson lands position at HealthPartners

sarah stephenson.jpgSarah Stephenson (MS-STEP '12) recently joined HealthPartners' Institute for Education and Research as a research requirement specialist. She is coordinating and managing recruitment and data collection, advising the Principal Investigator in protocol content and systems for implementation, and assisting Principal Investigators, Project Managers and Coordinators with subject recruitment, subject information gathering, mailings, updating databases, assisting in the development of study procedures, and facilitation of study progress.

Before joining HealthPartners, Sarah was a research fellow and assistant for the Center for Women and Public Policy and the Center for Science and Technology Policy at the Humphrey School. She was looking at the role of women in science and technology policy-making at the federal level and the affect that gender diversity has on policy decisions.

Connect with Sarah on email at or LinkedIn.


Murphy inducted into Hall of Fame

Burke Murphy.jpgBurke Murphy (MPA '06) was a Hall of Fame inductee for Outstanding Contributions in December 2013 for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) International Affiliate Network of 115 universities and 250 faculty members at the Harvard Business School, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.

Burke was the 10th inductee into the MOC Hall of Fame and the third woman ever to be inducted.

Along with Burke, a fellow colleague, Peter Abplanalp, from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, School of Business, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Included in the photo with Burke is Dr. Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at the Harvard Business School and Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC).

Burke says, "It just feels great to be able to celebrate this with all of you and to also say that I wouldn´t be here without the wonderful partnership I have with Lee Munnich [of the Humphrey School]. His prolific work and indefatigable leadership in this endeavor has been critical."

Congratulations, Burke!

Harper retires from running the Land and Water Legacy Program

Jane Harper.jpgJane Harper (MA '88) was recently featured in a story of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the impact she has had on the woods and waters in Washington County over the years.

The featured story reads in part:

"Asking Jane Harper to pick a favorite nature spot in Washington County is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child.

But Harper, the Washington County planner who oversees a program to conserve land and protect water, admits to being partial to the Dale Woods property in northeast Woodbury. The 64-acre park is just southeast of Interstate 94 and Manning Avenue.

"I stop by there when I'm out and about, and sometimes jump out of the car and spend an hour taking a hike through there," Harper said. "It's beautiful."

Harper, who is 60, is retiring Thursday after almost 25 years with the county -- the past eight running the Land and Water Legacy program.

Read the full story.

Photo courtesy of Pioneer Press.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lundquist travels to Africa with the Partnership for African Social Governance Research

Leah Lundquist.jpgThrough the Hubert Project, the Humphrey School has embarked on an exciting 8-month partnership with the Partnership for African Social Governance Research, a pan-African organization elevating the level of social governance research across the continent.

In January 2014, Dr. Jodi Sandfort and Leah Lundquist (MPP '10) traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to train faculty from 12 universities across the continent in creating digital case studies to be used in new Master of Research and Public Policy programs launching this fall. Leah and other Humphrey staff members will be returning at the end of March to train additional faculty and technologists in this digital authoring process.

Read Leah's blog post about their experience in January.

ten Broeke interviewed on plan to end homelessness among veterans

Cathy ten Broeke.jpgIn December 2013, Minnesota Public Radio featured a story on Minnesota's plan to end homelessness among veterans. Cathy ten Broeke (MPA '04), the state's director to prevent and end homelessness, was interviewed by MPR's Phil Picardi. Cathy is one of the chief architects of the plan. The plan will lay out specific steps that 11 different state agencies are pledging to take in the next two years to reduce the state's homeless population and to prevent new people from becoming homeless.

Listen to the story on MPR.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wofford and Finken wed

Rachel Wofford and Andrew Finken.pngAndrew Finken (MPP '09) and Rachel Wofford (MPP '09) married on February 16, 2014 in Rachel's hometown of Austin, Texas. Andrew is currently at Mathematica Policy Research as a healthcare program analyst and Rachel is a second grade teacher for a KIPP DC in Washington, D.C.

Congratulate Rachel and Andrew at

Mickelson joins the Minn-LInK project

Nicole Mickelson.jpgNicole Mickelson (MPP '11) is now a research fellow for the Minn-LInK project in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

Minn-LInK uses state administrative data from multiple agencies to address child welfare policy questions. She will be working on research and evaluation projects to address questions about the impacts of policies and practices on the well-being of children in Minnesota.

Connect with Nicole on LinkedIn or via email at


Monday, March 3, 2014

Brauer, long-time mentor and Alumni Service Award recipient, passes away

Donald Brauer.jpgDonald Brauer (MA '55), a man of great faith, futurist, environmentalist, community planner, Humphrey School mentor and entrepreneur, passed away February 28, 2014 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's.

Don was born November 24, 1929 in Clinton, IA to Alvin P. and Mildred R. (King) Brauer, the oldest of three children. After attending Clinton Junior college, he achieved a Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University and a master of Public Administration from University of Minnesota. He was a Special Weapons Officer in the US Air Force and reserves. He founded Brauer and Associates and later The Brauer Group that together envisioned and defined spaces and projects including the western Minneapolis suburbs.

He was a leader receiving life accomplishments from many National professional associations and mentored for 20 years at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In 2007, he was awarded the Alumni Service Award for his significant impact on the University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School community.

Don was a proud 50 year Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, a past Edina club president, first Foundation chair as well as a key Eden Prairie club formation catalyst. Don was a member of Normandale Lutheran as well as chair or director of many Minnesota or community based foundations and charities.

He is survived by his wife, Gudrun Brauer of 58 years.

Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Road, Edina, visitations will be Monday, March 3 from 5-7 pm and Tuesday, March 4 at 11 am prior to a 12 noon service of life.

Read the full obituary.