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Butcher becomes co-chair of "T8 to Troffers"

Keith Butcher (MS '01) recently became the co-chair for the "T8 to Troffers" Working Group as part of the Consortium for Energy...

Beckmann named St. Paul Deputy Mayor

Mayor Chris Coleman announced today that he has appointed Kristin Beckmann (MA '03) as the new Saint Paul Deputy Mayor. Beckmann succeeds...

Mohs Named Headmaster at Saint Thomas Academy

Saint Thomas Academy announced today that Matthew Mohs (MA '97), currently serving as the chief academic officer of the Saint Paul Public...

Engh as Campaign Manager

Rachel Engh (MURP '11) is currently the campaign manager for Minneapolis mayoral candidate, Bob Fine. She's enjoying learning about residents' concerns and...

Lundquist takes position as Hubert Project Director

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is excited to announce that Leah Lundquist (MPP '10) will begin her new role as the...

Bond promoted to Professor

In April 2013, Johanna Bond (MA '93) was promoted from associate professor to full professor at Washington and Lee University after joining...

Johnson appointed Deputy Commissioner

Chuck Johnson (MA '83) was recently appointed as the deputy commissioner for policy and operations at the Minnesota Department of Human Services...

Whyte named Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the U of M

On May 29, 2013, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson announced that Amelious N. Whyte, Jr. (MA '90)...

Oftelie to oversee development operations at Hazelden Foundation

In April 2013, Alexander Oftelie (MPP ' 03) joined Hazelden Foundation as the director of philanthropic advancement. In this role Alex will...

Lee begins work at the MN House of Representatives

Andrew Lee (MURP '10), began his full time position as a non-partisan fiscal analyst at the Minnesota House of Representatives in November...

Nezhad takes on new position at Rainbow Health Initiative

Sheila Nezhad (MDP '10) is the program manager at Rainbow Health Initiative (RHI). RHI is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that advances health equity...

Kapper joins SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

In October 2012, Joseph Kapper (MURP '07) joined SRF Consulting Group, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN as a senior planner in the firm's...

Zheng takes on role at SSGA Asset Management Co. Ltd

Jenny Zheng (MURP '01) recently began a position as the Executive Director of Asset Management at SSGA Fund Management Co. Ltd. (State...

Yerhot joins BuckleySandler LLP in Washington, D.C.

Laura Yerhot (MPP '08) recently became the Attorney Recruiting and Development Coordinator at the law firm of BuckleySandler LLP in Washington, D.C....

Driscoll joins Rhode Islanders United for Marriage

After having spent a year as the Rhode Island State Director for the Obama for America campaign, Devin Driscoll (MPP '09) recently...

Katie Meyer works as community organizer for Grassroots Solutions

Katie Meyer (MPP '09) joined Grassroots Solutions in November 2011 as a community organizer in the do.town campaign, a community initiative that...

Karon continues work with Senator Franken

Michelle Karon (MPA '09) was offered full-time employment with Senator Franken's office in Washington, DC where she had been interning. She writes,...

Riley promoted at Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Patricia Riley (MA '90) was recently promoted to the position of senior vice president of government programs, policy and legislative affairs at...

Miles moves up at Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Charles Miles (MPP '09) was promoted to Business Systems Analyst at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in February, 2012....

Uejio begins position at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dave Uejio (MPP '04) is now the Lead for Talent Acquisition at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in Washington, D.C....

Wera accepts position with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Martin Wera (MPP '02) joined Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in November as community relations manager. Wera's previous job was with as a...

Vidas completes work on Tamarack Nature Center project

Mary Vidas (MPA '05) recently oversaw construction of a $1.75 million outdoor nature play area and interpretive building expansion for Ramsey County's...

Swenson accepts position with the Minnesota Department of Commerce

Matt Swenson (MPP '07) serves as communications director for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Swenson advises Commissioner Mike Rothman and department leadership...

Schurilla joins HACER as a research associate

In September, Allison Shurilla (MPP '10) accepted the position of research associate at Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER). Previously,...

Nix is now a legislative aide for St. Paul City Council member Carter III

In September, 2011, Noel Nix (MURP '08) joined the office of St. Paul City Council member Melvin W. Carter III (MPP '04)...

Lee accepts position with Target Corporation

In June, 2011, Acooa Lee (MPP '06) joined the Target Corporation as a senior business development leader for supplier diversity. Prior to...

Kim accepts position with the Alzheimer's Association

Hye Kim (MPP '05) is now the associate director of policy development at the Alzheimer's Association in Washington D.C. In her new...

Kasper enters Ph.D. program at the University of Sussex

Eric Kasper (MPP '09) recently began pursuing a doctorate degree at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in...

Heggeness begins job with U.S. Census Bureau

Misty Heggeness (MPP '02) accepted a position as an economist at the Poverty Statistics Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau in September....

Driscoll appointed as Rhode Island state director with Obama for America

Devin Driscoll (MPP '11) recently was named Rhode Island state director with Obama for America, the president's re-election campaign. Driscoll worked as...

Dana joins the Office of Ecology and Conservation at the U.S. Department of State

Genya Dana (MS-STEP '03) accepted the position of AAAS Science and Technology Policy (AAAS) Fellow in the Office of Ecology and Conservation...

Cole looking to represent North Minneapolis in the House

Terra B. Cole (MURP '06) announced that she is seeking the DFL nomination to represent North Minneapolis residents in State House of...

Broussard joins Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services

In December, 2011, E. Marie Broussard (MPA '07) accepted a position at the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services and...

Brosnan accepts job with the Minnesota Land Trust

John Brosnan (MPA '11) joined the Minnesota Land Trust (MLT) in January 2012 as a project manager responsible for implementing conservation projects...

Bolstad joins economic development team at the City of Cottage Grove

In December, Laura Bolstad (MPP '11) accepted the position of economic development specialist at the City of Cottage Grove. She works with...

Billig joins faculty of the University of Arkansas

Noah Billig (MUPR '07) is now the Garvan Chair and Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture, University of...

Barnea accepts position with U.S. Department of Transportation

In August, 2011, Avital Barnea (MURP '11) joined the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., as a community planner in the...

Arcara begins Ph.D. program at University of North Carolina

Jennet Arcara (MPP '03) is in her first semester of the Ph.D. program in the maternal and child health department at the...

Sporlein appointed to Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

On November 7, 2011, Barbara Sporlein (MA '90) began her appointment as deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. As the...

Prahl joins Data Recognition

Paula Prahl (MA '93) accepted the position of senior vice president for strategy and marketing at Data Recognition in December 2011. Prior...

Drescher accepts position at U.S. Bank

Patryk Drescher (MA 1994) is now the vice president and director of Regulatory Services at U.S. Bank in Washington, DC; he accepted...

Ohmann bids adieu to PSG

Laurie Ohmann (MA 1988) announced that she is leaving PSG, a consulting business she co-owned, after 21 years. "It's just time to...

Anderson accepts position at New Perspective Senior Living

Eric Anderson (MA 1987) was named Vice President of Development and Facilities at New Perspective Senior Living, an organization based in Eden...

Hornack studies at Case Western Reserve University

Emily Hornack (MPP '02) is a student at Case Western Reserve University. She is studying speech-language pathology....

Shanker works for Rainbow Research

Srividhya Shanker (MA '98) is a research assistant for Rainbow Research. She also is pursing at Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota....

Appleby begins nursing school

Pamela (Seay) Appleby (MPP '98) has enrolled in nursing school this fall. Prior to this, she was a budget and policy analyst...

Siggerud promoted within U.S. Government Accountability Office

Kate Siggerud (MA '85) was promoted to managing director of the physical infrastructure division at U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington,...

Waddel Boie begins doctoral program at Princeton

Jaquilyn Waddel Boie (MPP '06) will begin a doctoral program in the politics department at Princeton University in the fall....

Johnson pursuing a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amanda Johnson (MURP '04) is a doctoral student of city planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania....

Hotz promoted within Steier Group

Robert (Bob) Hotz (MA '92) has been promoted to associate vice president at the Steier Group. A former development director for the...

Becker completes doctorate at Hamline

Carol Becker (MA '87) recently completed her doctorate in public administration at Hamline University. Her dissertation was titled 'Government without Government: Alternatives...

Mingus promoted within the U.S. Government Accountability Office

John Mingus (MA '89) was promoted to assistant director in the data analysis division at U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He continues...

Corneli promoted within NRG Energy, Inc.

Steven Corneli (MA '89) was promoted to vice president, regulatory and government affairs, at NRG Energy, Inc. His new position is based...

Canchi pursues PhD at Purdue

Devandra Canchi (MPP '00) left his job with GMAC and is now in the Ph.D. program at Purdue....

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