Monday, August 29, 2016

Arbury becomes development database specialist

Chelsea Arbury (MPP '15) is now a development database specialist at the Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Arbury formerly participated in a 9-month research and outreach internship for the State Fiscal Project at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Barroso joins the International Development Group

Felipe Dyna Barroso (MDP '16) has joined the International Development Group in Washington, D.C. as a project coordinator. Barroso previously worked at the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development as an economic development consultant.

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Hage promoted at First Call

Emily Hage (MPP '10) has been promoted to vice president of development at First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery. Hage previously served as project manager. 

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Ryan becomes senior planner

Rose Ryan (MURP '11) has joined Alta Planning and Design as a senior planner. Ryan was formerly a planner at WSB & Associates.

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Taylor to serve as interim communications director

Mike Taylor (MS-STEP '02) will serve as the interim communications director at the Smart Electric Power Alliance in Washington, D.C. in addition to his current role as principal of knowledge. 

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Boldenow selected as director

Jill Boldenow (MPP '12) was recently selected to serve as director of the Ramsey County Library. Boldenow formerly held director positions at the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Saint Paul Public Library.

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View the Ramsey County news update here.

Peterson promoted to manager of highway planning

Steve Peterson (MURP '07) was promoted to manager of highway planning at the Twin Cities Met Council. Peterson was previously a planning analyst and the highway team group leader.

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Christopherson joins Chicago Transit Authority

Kate Christopherson (MURP '14) started a new position earlier this month as a rail service planner at the Chicago Transit Authority. Christopherson was previously a transit planner and technology specialist at Madison Metro in Wisconsin. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ehresmann marries and receives new position with USDS

Peter Ehresmann (MDP '14) married Mary Claypool last February in Washington, DC and recently moved to Paris, France in August for a temporary assistant management position with the U.S. Department of State. Peter previously worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a policy analyst in the Office of Infrastructure Protection.

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Mingus earns soccer certificate and special recognition award

John MingusJohn Mingus (MA' 91), assistant director at the GAO, recently earned his National Youth Coaching Course Certificate from U.S. Soccer and received the Arlington Soccer Association's Mac McLaughlin Special Recognition Award for "having done something above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment of the association and community." 

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Horii joins UN Women Cameroon

Yukari Horii (MPP '05) has joined UN Women Cameroon as a programme specialist. Horii will be working to mainstream gender in humanitarian work. She previously served as a programme analyst (monitoring and evaluation) at the UN Population Fund in Egypt.

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Lueke reports on automotive cybersecurity at the GAO

Nancy Lueke (MURP '03), assistant director of the Physical Infrastructure Team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, was given the task of drawing up a report on the threat level of automotive cybersecurity as Congress considers new legislation. Quoted by Wards Auto, Lueke says the office found automakers are concerned about direct-access soft spots inside the car, such as CD players and USB ports. But they are focused more on buttoning down remote access points, including telematics systems and cellular networks that could provide a path for hackers to access multiple vehicles at the same time.

View the full briefing here.
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Redd quoted by Inside Higher Ed

Ken Redd (MA' 89) was recently quoted by an Inside Higher Ed report that scrutinizes endowment spending on low-income students. 

On the topic of renegotiating existing endowments to raise more money for low-income students, Redd said, “Many schools already do those kinds of things before gift agreements are signed. There are always those conversations back and forth about what a school’s needs are, but ultimately it’s the donor’s money. If a donor decides they want to support the engineering school or the hospital or research, then certainly a school has to honor that.”

View the full article here.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Johnson joins Hennepin County

Ashley Johnson (MPP '14) is now the senior program evaluator and principal planning analyst for Hennepin County. Johnson was formerly the director of evaluation and innovation for the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.

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Henjum launches new business, Esqyr

Chris HenjumChris Henjum (MPP and JD '10) recently co-founded and launched a new test prep business called Esqyr. Esqyr is the first company to serve students with both affordable online test prep materials and a legal obligation to tackle student debt. In a press release, Henjum commented, "The student debt crisis isn't just caused by rising tuition.The many tests required for a credential or license often forces students to pay thousands for study materials." As part of Esqyr's social mission, the company will donate 20% of its profits to organizations tackling student debt, along with free accounts for students who face the most challenges in repaying their student debt.

View the full press release.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Swanson becomes managing director

Anna Swanson (MPP '10) is now the managing director of analytics at Royall & Company. Swanson was formerly the principal of Hardwick Day.

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Nesse moves to Seattle Pacific University

Katherine Nesse (MURP '06) recently moved to Seattle Pacific University as an assistant professor in regional and community planning after working at Kansas State University for four years.

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Funk moves to Exosite

Michelle Funk (MPP '11) has joined Exosite as a full stack web developer. Her new position marks her second year as a software developer after spending several years in market and evaluation research and analysis.

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Jones joins Veterans Management Services

Christopher Jones (MPP '13) recently became a contract specialist at Veterans Management Services (VMSI) to provide support for National Marine Fisheries Services. Jones was previously a project manager at Public Health in Seattle & King County.

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Petesch joins MNDot

Michael Petesch (MURP '13) is now the bicycle and pedestrian data coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Petesch was formerly a non-motorized transportation planner at Humphrey.

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Evans becomes program officer

Samantha Evans (MURP '09) has joined the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Arkansas as a program officer, primarily overseeing the agriculture and health program areas. Evans previously served as assistant director of Main Street Arkansas.

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Vang accepts position with Dunn County

Addison Vang (MPP '14) recently accepted a planning position as a zoning code enforcement officer with Dunn County, Wisconsin. Vang worked as a transportation intern with the City of Janesville prior to his new position.

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Tan becomes World Bank consultant

Iloila TanIloila Tan (MPP '15) recently became a short-term consultant at the World Bank. She will provide program and project management support for the roll out of the financial protection component of the V20 action plan. Tan previously worked as a programmer and statistical analyst for Edgeworth Economics.

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Onyiah moves into private sector

Constance (Ify) Onyiah (MPP '14) has moved into the private sector as a financial investigator after previously serving as an executive budget officer at the State of Minnesota Management and Budget office.

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Martyn Crowell and Lahti-Johnson highlighted in "Post-Humphrey"

Sarah Martyn Crowell (MPP '08) and Kristi Lahti-Johnson (MA '95) were recently featured in the new summer blog "Post-Humphrey". The blog series shows how the theory that alumni learned at Humphrey extends into practice, among other tidbits of advice. Check out these great posts from Sarah Martyn Crowell, Management Analyst at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Kristi Lahti-Johnson, Data Governance Officer for Hennepin County.

Previously published by HHH Leading Thoughts: where research meets practice.

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