Thursday, July 16, 2015

Larson joins City of Minneapolis

Andrea Larson (MPP '15) joined the City of Minneapolis this summer as a business process and data analyst. She will be working on strategic planning and performance management for the city. Previously, Andrea was a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota, a policy intern at Northside Achievement Zone, and held a number of positions at Target.

Connect with Andrea on LinkedIn.

Lam Young receives promotion at MN DHS

Melissa Lam Young (MPP '12) recently received a promotion to lead agency evaluator at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Previously, she held positions at DHS as the performance management administrator and executive assistant and project manager.

Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn.

Small joins Detention Watch Network in DC

Mary Small (MPP '12) joined the Detention Watch Network in Washington, DC this past winter as their policy director. Previously, Mary was with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Jesuit Refugee Services.

Connect with Mary on LinkedIn.

Middag joins Hennepin County

Last October, Lisa Middag (MURP '09) joined Hennepin County as the principal planning analyst and the Midtown Community Works program manager. Community Works' mission is to build and strengthen communities by developing quality, affordable housing and creating healthy-built environments that provide transportation choices and community connections, attract investment and create jobs.

Lisa has held previous positions with Hennepin County and is currently a board member for Springboard for the Arts.

Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn.

Hogan joins consulting group

Devin Hogan (MDP '12) recently joined IRL as a partner. He is working on strategic and practical management consulting. As he notes, "I help break down big questions into small, actionable steps that lead to results."

Previously, he was an executive assistant at RKF in Los Angeles and held positions with the American Refugee Committee.

Connect with Devin on LinkedIn.

Lykes Frostman Lands Position at MMB

Carly Lykes Frostman (MPP '15) recently began a position as a management analyst at the Minnesota Management and Budget Office. She will be collaborating with the MMB Results Management Team and across State agencies to facilitate data-driven discussions and improve indicators on the Minnesota Dashboard. Previously, she was a graduate research assistant for the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Connect with Carly on LinkedIn.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Lundquist joins MCF

Leah Lundquist (MPP '12) has joined the Minnesota Council of Foundations where she will serve as lead trainer on MCF initiatives like Grantmaking for the 21st Century, the Policy Connections Institute and other cohort learning programs.

She previously held positions at the Hubert Project and Center for Integrative Leadership at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Northwest Area Foundation and Kellogg Action Lab.

Connect with Leah on LinkedIn.

Asche changing the narrative on Minnesota's small towns

Kelly Asche (MPP '12) was recently quoted extensively in his work as a program coordinator with the Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris in both the Star Tribune and MinnPost.

The MinnPost article begins:

"In his regular travels to small Minnesota towns, where he discusses economic and demographic trends in rural areas and takes the pulse of local leaders, Kelly Asche hears a common lament: Too many young people are moving away. While it’s an understandable and real sentiment, he refuses to join in the despair.

“For some reason, people often think that success means keeping all of their 18 year-olds – that they have to have every single age group in town completely engaged,” said Asche, a program coordinator at the Center for Small Towns, a branch of the University of Minnesota, Morris."

Read more of the MinnPost article.

Read the Star Tribune article.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Zindren becomes Executive Vice President of AIA Minnesota

Mary-Margaret Zindren (MPA '12) is now the executive vice president at AIA Minnesota (American Institute of Architects) .

Previously she was the executive director of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Foundation.

Koop joins University of Minnesota

Heather Koop (MPA '09) joined the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center at the University of Minnesota as the associate program director in May 2015.

Previously, she was the assistant director and project analyst manager at Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Connect with Heather on LinkedIn.

Cassano promoted at Colorado Department of Human Services

Valerie Cassano (MPP '08) was recently promoted at the Colorado Department of Human Services in April of 2015 to performance analyst. Previously, she was a performance improvement specialist at the Colorado Department of Human Services, and a political coordinator in Washington, DC.

Valerie says, "My passion for social justice stems from my extensive background working in low-income neighborhoods, which in turn drives me to contribute to organizations that support community members and volunteer programs."

Connect with Valerie on LinkedIn.

Reshetova working for Internews Ukraine

Olga Reshetova (MPP '12) is now working for Internews Ukraine as a grant manager. She writes:

"During the last year I have been working as a Grant Manager, overseeing all fundraising for Internews Ukraine:, one of the largest Ukrainian NGOs working to support empowered, independent and pluralistic media. Our mission is "to support European values in Ukraine through development of successful media. We are working on a quite diverse range of topics, important for the country, including, promotion of European values, improvement of journalism standards and media legislation, protection of media freedom and support to media independence, but, during the time I've been working here, we have been most focusing on resisting detrimental information influences and building people's capacity to recognize and resist Russian propaganda as well as support to internally displaced persons and conflict-affected communities."

Read more and the original post from Global Notes on May 26, 2015.