Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Vigen joins Montgomery County, MD

MichelleVigen.jpgOn June 1, Michelle Vigen (MPP '10) started a new position with the Department of Environmental Protection of Montgomery County, Maryland as the senior energy planner in the Office of Sustainability.

As part of her position, Michelle will be managing the county's energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives to advance their climate protection goals, in particular, the County's commercial building benchmarking law, the first in the nation by a county, and their commercial PACE program.

Michelle was previously the public affairs manager at Loudoun County, Virginia.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Landreau named as a Teacher of the Year finalist

Charlotte Landrau.jpgIn April of 2014, Charlotte Landreau (MPA '08) was named a Teacher of the Year finalist for Minnesota.

Charlotte teaches history, philosophy and dance, for grades 11-12 at Highland Park Senior High School in the St. Paul Public Schools and was one of 10 finalists statewide vying to become the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Read this Q&A where she discusses her experience as an educator and her reaction to becoming a Teacher of the Year finalist.

Congrats, Charlotte!

Collinson publishes post on Electrify Africa Act

erin collinson.jpgOn May 12, 2014, Erin Collinson (MDP '13) published a post on the Center for Global Development's blog about the Electrify Africa Act that the U.S. House of Representatives had just passed.

Her blog post is as follows:

Late last week, the House of Representatives passed the Electrify Africa Act (H.R. 2548), a bill aimed at improving access to reliable, affordable energy across sub-Saharan Africa. Here's a summary of the bill and here's why it matters:

1) The House approved bipartisan legislation!

With so much attention focused on partisan vitriol, we should celebrate cross-party consensus - and in an election year, no less! Look no further than the bill's sponsors, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), along with their dedicated staffs for setting an important example, shepherding the bill through committee, and marshaling support from colleagues on both sides of the aisle. The Electrify Africa Act also enjoyed support from a diverse coalition of outside allies, including the ONE Campaign and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. And as Ben Leo pointed out, the bill benefited from analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, which calculated its provisions would actually save $86 million over five years.

Read the full blog post here.

Wheat passes away

Leonard Wheat.jpgDr. Leonard F. Wheat (MA '54), economist and author, died May 12, 2014 from complications of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Born on November 13, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa, he grew up mainly in Duluth, Minnesota. Wheat moved to the D.C. area in 1958 and lived in the Mount Vernon area since 1973. He was a strong advocate of separation of church and state and an opponent of government support (financial, legal, ritualistic, or school-oriented) of religious institutions, doctrines, beliefs and practices.

He graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1948 and received a BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1952, his MA in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 1954, and a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University in 1958. After working briefly with the Minnesota Department of Taxation (1954-55), Wheat worked 42 years for the federal government. For the last 31 years he was a research economist with the Department of Commerce.

Wheat was the author of several intellectual books. Playing bridge was one of his favorite weekly activities. He had a vast day lily garden at his home and kept meticulous notes on them over the years. Hiking the Appalachian mountain trails was another favorite activity. Last year at the age of 81, Wheat completed hiking the last section of the 275 mile long Lake Superior Trail which parallels Lake Superior's north shore from Duluth to Canada. He was known to never turn down a piece of pie or a pineapple sundae.

Wheat is survived by two sisters and a brother in Duluth, Minnesota; a brother in Sioux City, Iowa and nine nieces and nephews.

There is no memorial service planned.

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Templeton lands position at Perkins Coie

Andrea Templeton.jpgAndrea Templeton (MPP/JD '08) will be an associate working in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP, with a transactional law practice focusing on Federal and state tax matters. Previously, Andrea held positions with Bank of America and Fried Frank.

She enjoys connecting with other alumni and LinkedIn is the best way to connect with her.