Friday, January 29, 2016

Kuhn featured on 27 News

Emily Kuhn (MPP ‘02) was featured on 27 News for the creation of her voting app “1myVote.” Emily and her husband developed the app to help voters gain more information about not only Presidential and Senate candidates, but also those running for office at the local level. The app will be developed more throughout 2016 with more added every month.

Read the 27 News article here.

Engh relocates to Pennsylvania

At the end of December, Rachel Engh (MURP ‘13) relocated to Easton, PA to join Metris Arts Consulting full time. Metris provides research and planning support related to all aspects of arts-based community and economic development. She and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus (MURP ‘09), principal and owner of Metris, are currently working on projects with the New England Foundation for the Arts, the City of Minneapolis, the City of Carlsbad, CA, and Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. Metris just released Adding It Up, an evaluation of Minneapolis' Pillsbury House + Theatre's  creative community development projects. 

Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Andreasen writes article for Foreign Affairs

Steve Andreasen’s (MA ‘86) article titled “A Strong Start” was published by Foreign Affairs. The article is about President Obama’s nuclear policy. Steve is a national security consultant to the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, D.C. as well as a lecturer at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Read the article here.

Originally posted in Global Notes.

Chin works for the Honorable Jenny Rivera

Jacob Chin (MPP ‘11) is a law student at the City University of New York School of Law. He is now working as a law clerk in the chambers of the Honorable Jenny Rivera.

Connect with Jacob on LinkedIn.

Lemmon joins ICF International

David Lemmon (MPP ‘15) is now an energy efficiency analyst for ICF International. He was previously a legislative and cabinet affairs intern in the office of the governor for the State of Minnesota.

Connect with David on LinkedIn.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Klebsch volunteers at City of Mounds View

Angelica Bravo Klebsch (MPP ‘15) was appointed by the mayor and city council as a planning commissioner for the City of Mounds View.

Connect with Angelica on LinkedIn.

Venegas Swanson earns promotion

Tatyana Venegas Swanson (MDP ‘14) was recently promoted from a program associate to a program officer at Counterpart International. She will be providing technical, operational, and administrative support to USAID-funded programs within the area of Governance and Civil Society Strengthening for the Latin America and Caribbean Team.

Connect with Tatyana on LinkedIn.

Sunde joins Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Paula Sunde (MPA ‘12) is now a senior project consultant for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. She will be overseeing the project management of diversity and inclusion projects for the agency as well as co-facilitating the agency’s Diversity and Inclusion Executive Committee meetings.

Previously, Paula was a legislative aide for U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum. While working for the congresswoman, she was a key advisor on environmental, energy, agriculture, transportation, housing policies, and budget issues.

Connect with Paula on LinkedIn.

Reshetova joins Pact

Olga Reshetova (MPP ‘12) is now a program officer for Pact. She will be managing a portfolio of projects centered on constitutional reform and the fight against corruption in Ukraine.

Previously, Olga was a grant development manager for Internews Ukraine. While there, she was able to bring in approximately 0.7 million dollars in donor funding for the organization.

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Helm joins Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Brandon Helm (MPP ‘12) is now an acquisition and development specialist for the parks and trails division at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He was previously the land and water conservation fund national campaign coordinator for The Wilderness Society.

Connect with Brandon on LinkedIn.

Barnea volunteers at Women’s Transportation Seminar

Avital Barnea (MURP ‘11) is the new chapter president for the Women’s Transportation Seminar-Washington, DC Chapter. She will be serving as the chief executive officer of the chapter and chair all meetings. She will also be setting goals and objectives for the chapter in conjunction with the executive board and membership.

Connect with Avital on LinkedIn.

Frazier joins University of Minnesota Alumni Association

Ambreasha Frazier (MPP ‘12) is now the director of student and recent alumni relations for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. She previously worked for Northside Achievement Zone as a program coordinator and results process manager.

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Kelley joins Artspace Projects

Alyssa Kelley (MURP ‘15) is now a project manager for the property development team at Artspace Projects. She was previously an economic development intern for the City of Hopkins.

Connect with Alyssa on LinkedIn.

Chelseth takes job with BRMi

Adam Chelseth (MPP ‘14) has recently accepted a job as a consultant for BRMi in Washington D.C. He was previously a project associate for Aurora Consulting LLC and a graduate teaching assistant for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Connect with Adam on LinkedIn.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cavin joins The Partnership for Supply Chain Management

Meredith Cavin (MPP ‘15) is a human resources associate at The Partnership for Supply Chain Management.

Meredith was previously a graduate research assistant for the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota after working in multiple positions at the U.S. Department of State.

Connect with Meredith on LinkedIn.

Thorstad earns promotion at Institute of International Education

Amanda Thorstad (MPP ‘14) is now a program officer for the Institute of International Education. She will be managing the peer review process for the US Scholar Fulbright program at the company.

Previously, Amanda worked at the Institute of International Education as a program coordinator and administrative assistant.

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Johnson works with Peace Corps

Aara Johnson (MPP '11) successfully completed Peace Corps service in Barranquilla, Colombia as an education volunteer. She taught English in a public high school and focused on girls' empowerment projects such as a girls youth group and leadership camp. From January to May 2016, she will complete a short job in Bogota, Colombia as an Evaluation Researcher for Fundacion Escuela Nueva, an NGO improving education development around the world.

Connect with Aara on LinkedIn.

DeLisi joins Soarway Foundation

Scott DeLisi (MA ‘81) is now an executive director for the Soarway Foundation. He will be working on disaster risk reduction and preparedness issues with the people of Nepal.

Previously, Scott was most the ambassador to the Republic of Uganda for the United States after having held numerous positions within the U.S. Department of State since 1981.

Connect with Scott on LinkedIn.