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.

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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

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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

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.