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Wheat passes away

Dr. Leonard F. Wheat (MA '54), economist and author, died May 12, 2014 from complications of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Born on November 13,...

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...

Abariotes named a 2014 Bush Fellow

Andriana Abariotes (MA '96) was recently named a 2014 Bush Fellow. A Bush Fellowship provides individuals with opportunities to demonstrate and improve...

Friedemann-Sánchez awarded Global Spotlight International Research Seed Grant

Greta Friedemann-Sanchez (MA '99) was recently awarded a Global Spotlight International Seed Grant for her team's project studying caregiving for older adults...

Williams joins Project for Pride in Living

Paul Williams (MA '85) announced he will be returning to nonprofit housing after three and a half years as deputy mayor of...

Harper retires from running the Land and Water Legacy Program

Jane Harper (MA '88) was recently featured in a story of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the impact she has had...

Brauer, long-time mentor and Alumni Service Award recipient, passes away

Donald Brauer (MA '55), a man of great faith, futurist, environmentalist, community planner, Humphrey School mentor and entrepreneur, passed away February 28,...

Kiedrowski transitions to faculty director of PNLC

Jay Kiedrowski (MA '71) has been named faculty director for the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) at the Humphrey School of...

Former state senator Borden passes away

Winston W. Borden (MA '67) age 70, former state senator from Brainerd, died Jan. 20 due to kidney and liver failure. He...

Jeanetta becomes executive director

Barbara Jeanetta (MA '85) accepted the position of executive director at Alliance Housing Inc. and began on December 18, 2013. She has...

Leitz named interim director of MNsure

Scott Leitz (MA '91) was named as interim director of MNsure, Minnesota's health insurance exchange. Scott brings a wealth of experience. He...

Downtown Council names Cramer as new CEO

Steve Cramer (MA '79) has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minneapolis Downtown...

Clift selected as "Champion of Change"

Earlier this summer, Steven Clift (MA '91) was selected as a Champion of Change winner. The White House Champion of Change for...

Humphrey Alumni Named to Dean's Advisory Council

Three Humphrey alumni, Jay Kiedrowski (MA '71), Paul Stembler (MA '75), and Eric Anderson (MA '85), were recently named to the Humphrey...

Dahlberg formally announces U.S. Senate campaign

On September 26, 2013, Chris Dahlberg (MA '98) formally kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Al Franken....

Philbrook named "Ambassador for Peace"

Burnham "Bud" Philbrook (MA '79), Global Volunteers CEO and Co-founder, has been named "Ambassador for Peace" by the International Institute for Peace...

Mendis authors new book

Patrick Mendis (MA '84) has authored another book, Peaceful War. He is a distinguished senior fellow in the School of Public Policy...

Lundquist passes away after battle with ovarian cancer

Rhonda Lundquist (MA '86), of Falcon Heights, died at home on Oct. 23 from ovarian cancer. She was 54. Rhonda and her...

Douma Part of $10.4 Million Transportation Safety Project

The University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) will lead a new $10.4 million regional consortium that includes several Humphrey School...

Welbes recognized with the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award

Matthew Welbes (MA '90) was recognized with the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for his work as executive director at the Federal Transit...

Nethercut loved working with others to make good things happen

Robert E. "Bob" Nethercut (MA '67), age 88, died peacefully on September 2, 2013. He is survived by Jean, his loving wife...

Rosales speaks at United Nations

Jon Rosales (MA '96) spoke at the United Nations third annual Earth Day dialogue on Monday, April 22, 2013. Jon's talk focused...

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)...

Radtke retires as President of Prairie State College

Dr. Eric Radtke (MA '78) has served as the president of Prairie State College since 2008. His career has focused on community...

Mendis selected as Alumnus of Distinction by U of M

Patrick Mendis (MA '84) has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Harvard International Review. The University of Minnesota has also...

Krueger featured on Comcast Newsmakers and HuffPost

Keith R. Krueger (MPA '79), CEO of Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a U.S. nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of...

Anderson hired as VP of Development at Ryan Companies, Inc.

Eric Anderson (MA ' 85) has been hired by Ryan Companies, Inc. as Vice President of Development in the North Central region....

Montzka elected chair of the Chisago County Board

Ben Montzka (MA '87), was elected chair of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners for 2013; he has served on the Chisago...

Morris (MA '47) was deeply committed to her community

Louise Spaeth Morris (MA '47) passed away on December 27, 2012, at the age of 91. Originally from Ada, Minnesota, Morris spent...

Becker to research rural multimodal transportation

Carol Becker (MA '87) received a grant in September from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), which will allow her to explore...

Peters joins Imagining America

In August, Scott Peters (MA '93) was named co-director of Imagining America (IA), a consortium of organizations and universities dedicated to advancing...

Okamoto joins Career Incubation, Inc.

Kiri Okamoto (MA '90) is now the manager of Career Incubation, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. She had been previously a senior associate...

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...

Jarzynka joins Olivia's Place in Shanghai

In March, Dana (Ingman) Jarzynka (MA '97) began working with Olivia's Place in Shanghai, China. Olivia's Place offers therapy services (speech therapy,...

Longo heads program awarded Sen. Paul Simon Spotlight Award

Nick Longo (MA '97) is the director of Providence College's Global Studies program which has recently been chosen as one of three...

Weddell headed to Lockheed Martin

Dave Weddell (MA 1979) is leaving the Navy civilian service and is beginning a position with Lockheed Martin in the D.C. area....

DeLisi to become ambassador to Uganda

Scott DeLisi (MA entering 1980) was nominated by President Obama as his ambassador to Uganda. Previously, DeLisi had been ambassador to Nepal...

Bull joins Association of American Medical Colleges

Jan Bull (MA 1987) recently accepted a position with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as the Lead Specialist of Competency-based...

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...

Hang named to Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force

MayKao Hang (MA '94) was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force on October 31, 2011....

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...

Mendis travels the world promoting his new book

Patrick Mendis (MA 1987) was recently on his second eight-nation Asian-Pacific book tour promoting, Commercial Providence: The Secret Destiny of the American...

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...

Montgomery's life was full of public service and family

Peter W. Montgomery (MA 1975) peacefully passed away at his home on December 15, 2011; he was 76 years old. His obituary...

Hang Named One of the Business Journal's 40 Under 40

Maykao Hang (MA '94) has been the President and CEO of the Amherst Wilder Foundation in St. Paul since June 2010. She...

Wright Leaves a Legacy of Passion for Public Service

Erika Wright (MA '92) passed away on March 2, 2011, at the age of 41. Although raised in Birmingham, AL, Wright worked...

Das-Sulc Accepts Position with Hennepin County

Mercy Das-Sulc (MA '92) has taken a position with Hennepin County as a senior planning analyst. Her work will involve outreach to...

Leitz Named Director of Child Health Policy and Advocacy

Scott Leitz (MA '91) has taken the position of director of child health policy and advocacy at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of...

Reeder Named Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

John Reeder (MA '85), director of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO), has been named EPA...

Mendis Publishes "Commercial Providence: The Secret Destiny of the American Empire"

Dr. Patrick Mendis (MA '84) has published a book called Commercial Providence: The Secret Destiny of the American Empire. He asks the...

Moore Takes Position at PolyMet Mining Co.

Brad Moore (MA '83) has accepted a position as executive vice president of environmental and governmental affairs of the PolyMet Mining Co....

Marx Named CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Tim Marx (MA '79) has been named chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which works to strengthen...

Chapel takes on role at Centers for Disease Control

Tom Chapel (MA '78) has a new role at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta after a stint as interim chief...

Jernberg recieves University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award

James Jernberg (MA '57) will be recognized as a 2008 recipient of the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award from the Humphrey...

Jones works for the American Montessori Society

Gregory Jones (MA '92) is senior director of operations for the American Montessori Society in New York, New York....

Marx accepts directorship of Common Ground

Tim Marx (MA '79) resigned from his position as commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to accept a new role as...

Mason-Oramalu elected president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Lawrencina Mason-Oramalu (MA '96) was elected president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators....

Nakasaka joins the Humphrey School's Advisory Council

Kiyoshi Nakasaka (MA '89) began a 3-year term as alumni board representative to the Humphrey School's advisory council on July 1....

Olson works for Graham Construction Services

Mary Kay Olson (MA '93) is a LEAD-certified field engineer with Graham Construction Services in Eagan, Minnesota, specializing in green construction....

Pitman is employed by Washington State University

Kirby Pitman (MA '94) is employed as a research associate with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University....

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....

Stembler joins the Western States Contracting Alliance

Paul Stembler (MA '75) has taken a new position as cooperative development coordinator for the Western States Contracting Alliance based in Eagan,...

Sullivan works at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Mackenzie Sullivan (MA '94) is employed as an assistant counselor at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management's Undergraduate Business Career...

Winkelman joins the Center for Clean Air Policy

Steve Winkelman (MA '92) is director of transportation and adaptation programs at the Center for Clean Air Policy in Port Chester, New...

Earhart receives National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy

Greg Earhart (MA '95) is the men's swimming coach at Carthage College and owner of CollegeSwimming.com. He received the College Swimming Coaches...

Bryant, now Jones, gets married

Charissa Bryant (MPA '04) became Charissa Jones when she got married on August 9. She and her husband are relocating to Chicago....

Bull joins staff of George Washington University

Janet (Jan) Bull (MA '87) is employed at the George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health as an associate director. In...

Burns accepts position with Minnesota Department of Health

Katie Burns (MA '97) began a new position with the Minnesota Department of Health's Health Economics Program in July. She directs and...

Curry leads Public Interest Law Initiative

Susan Curry (MA '95) is the executive director of the Public Interest Law Initiative in Chicago, Illinois....

Davis employed as an independent nonprofit management consultant

Rebecca Davis (Wolfgram) (MA '97) works as an independent nonprofit management consultant....

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,...

Wing featured in the River Falls Journal

Christine Wing (MA'94), a speech and language pathologist, was quoted in an article by Phil Pfuehler, "Can school-run, 4-year-old program bridge possible...

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...

Yi is an attorney at the firm Polsinelli Shalton Welte et. al.

Judy Yi (MA '98) is an attorney at the law firm of Polsinelli Shalton Welte et. al. in Kansas City, Missouri....

Scanlan assumes position with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

Kelly Scanlan (MA '95) accepted a position with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minnesota office as the environment and transportation outreach director....

Agresta begins consulting business

Stephanie Agresta (MA '94) started a private consulting business specializing in internet marketing, Stephanie Agresta Consulting. Read more at www.stephanieagresta.com....

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...

Jethwani joins Guttmacher Institute

Vinita Jethwani (MA '95) accepted a position as research administrative manager for the Guttmacher Institute in New York....

Cornell recieves Quorum Award

Jennifer Cornell (MA '96) recently received a $5,000 Quorum Award, a Philanthrofund Foundation (PFund) award that recognizes and supports emerging GLBT and...

Oramalu joins staff of the University of Minnesota

Lawrencina (Mason) Oramalu (MA '96) joined the University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) in March. In her...

Miller is employed by NASA

Kevin Miller (MA '87) is deputy project manager of resources at NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center) in Greenbelt, Maryland....

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...

Novillo joins Action Consulting and Evaluation Team

Walter Novillo (MA '96) recently joined Action Consulting and Evaluation Team (ACET), Inc. of Minneapolis as a research specialist. His current research...

Osdoba is employed by Oregon's Office of Sustainable Development

Thomas Osdoba (MA '86) is director in sustainable economic development in the State of Oregon's Portland Office of Sustainable Development....

Quinonez is executive director of Christian County Senior Citizens, Inc.

Jose Quinonez (MA '94) is executive director of Christian County Senior Citizens, Inc., in Hopkinsville, Kentucky....

Qurik is a project manager for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

Mary Quirk (MA '81) is the volunteer resources leadership project manager for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration....

Schumacher is the owner of Solaris Management, L.L.C.

Mary Schumacher (MA '86) is the owner of Solaris Management, L.L.C., in Madison, Wisconsin....

Osdoba works for the City of Vancouver, B.C.

Thomas Osdoba (MA '86) is manager of the stability group for the City of Vancouver in British Columbia....

Nelson co-founds PR/public affiars firm

Lynn Ingrid Nelson (MA '94) co-founded a PR/public affairs firm. See more at http://www.linksresults.com/lynn.htm....

Mendis continues work in Sri Lanka

Patrick Mendis (MA '84) continues to work on tsunami aid in his native Sri Lanka....

Matakis works for Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor Lawton

Brian Matakis (MA '96) was appointed chief of staff by Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton. Matakis will serve Lt. Governor Lawton in...

Lehman starts The Lehman Group

Tom Lehman (MA '82) started his own government relations company, The Lehman Group, after nearly 20 years of lobbying in Washington, D.C....

Lefko leads International Business Development Council, Inc.

Todd Lefko (MA '66) is president of International Business Development Council, Inc., an import-export business in Elk River, Minnesota....

Lau joins the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Sabrina Lau (MA '95) has taken a new position as a CriMNet business and planning analyst with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension...

Kelleher works for U.S. Trade Representative

James Kelleher (MA '92) is assistant general counsel for the United States Trade Representative....

Kane is employed by Northeast-Midwest Institute

Matt Kane (MA '84) telecommutes from Minnesota to the Northeast-Midwest Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C....

Hotz works for The Steier Group

Robert Hotz (MA '92) is a development consultant for The Steier Group in Chicago, Illinois....

Homgren heads Portico Healthnet

Debra Homgren (MPA '02) is president of Portico Healthnet....

Hogg announces candidacy for Iowa Senate

Rob Hogg (MA '89) announced in June his candidacy in 2006 for the Iowa Senate from Senate District 19. Hogg has served...

Hames works for Hamilton County, Ohio

Peter Hames (MA '72) is a senior executive assistant county administrator for Hamilton County, Ohio....

Grabow, in memoriam

Mark Frederick Grabow (MA '67) passed away on April 24, 2005....

Eiken works at Medstat

Steve Eiken (MA '93) is a research leader at Medstat in Eagan, Minnesota....

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...

Conway leads at Blue Cross

Liz Conway (MA '84) works at Blue Cross, leading a project management group in the Medicare area....

Burns welcomes a son

Katie Burns (MA '97) welcomes a boy to family, Aidan Thomas McMahon, born May 20, 2005....

Benson and Eiken welcome a daughter

Kari Benson (MA '97) and Steve Eiken (MA '93) welcome a girl, Samantha, born summer, 2004....

Benson begins work with Minnesota Department of Human Services

Kari Benson (MA '97) has returned to Minnesota from Washington, D.C. based U.S. Administration of Aging. She currently is working with LaRhae...

Moreira works at Patrick Henry High School

Mary Moreira (MA '70) is the instructional leader for research and data at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis....

Mohs accepts position with Office of the Mayor, New York City

Dean Mohs (MA '97) recently took a position as program manager in private health insurance access at the Office of the Mayor,...

Mendis featured in Fergus Falls Journal

Patrick Mendis (MA '84) is collecting donations for tsunami victims in his native Sri Lanka. Read about his support efforts in the...

McLaughlin announces candidacy for mayor

Peter McLaughlin (MA '75) announced his candidacy for mayor of Minneapolis on December 16, 2004. McLaughlin currently serves as a Hennepin County...

Lenczewski re-elected to Minnesota House of Representatives

Ann Lenczewski (MA '85) was re-elected to her fourth term to the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 40B, Bloomington....

Kiedrowski joins Humphrey School as a senior fellow

Jay Kiedrowski (MA '71) retired on September 30, 2004, from Wells Fargo after 17 years, most recently in the role of executive...

Jones-Kreager welcomes a son to family

Cheryl Jones-Kreager (MA '98) welcomes a son, Jack Douglas, born on August 21, 2004. He joins big sister Gabrielle Marie....

Zdunich wellcomes a daughter

Julianna Zdunich (MA '92) wellcomes a daughter, Elinor Ute Ishani, born July 6, 2004. She joins big brother Kilian....

Johnson takes on senior management role at Children and Family Services

Charles (Chuck) Johnson (MA '83) was appointed to the senior management post of assistant commissioner for Children and Family Services (CFS), effective...

Jensen works for the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation

Dana Jensen (MA '96) is a grants manager at the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation....

Hovanetz Lassila employed by Florida Department of Education

Christy Hovanetz Lassila (MA '98) is the director of evaluation and reporting for the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. The department...

Homma directs Learnology International

Masato Homma (MP '87) is the executive director at Learnology International in Tokyo, Japan....

Hogg re-elected to Iowa State House of Representatives

Rob Hogg (MA '89) won re-election to the Iowa State House of Representatives in November. Keep up-to-date on Hogg's activities through his...

Herrera starts own cousulting firm

Monica Herrera (MA '83) started her own consulting firm, Community Consulting Group, in October 2004. She partners with alumna Allison Rojas (MA...

Harvey welcomes twins into family

Adriel (Bush) Harvey (MA '96) welcomed twin boys, Sebastian and Devon, born on July 13, 2004....

Goodman employed with Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Naomi Goodman (MA '97) works as a senior finance associate for the Washington State Housing Finance Commission in Seattle....

Godinez honored by Hispanic Business Chamber

Jennifer Godinez (MA '97) was selected by the Hispanic Business Chamber as one of the "25 on the Rise," honoring the top...

Cogswell employed with Workforce Development Council of Seattle

Cas Cogswell (MA '98) is a planner for the Workforce Development Council of Seattle--King County....

Carlson works at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Elizabeth Carlson (MP '91) is a strategic planner and facilitator at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources....

Burns earns German Marshall Memorial Fellowship

Kathryn (Katie) Burns (MA '97) is the recipient of a prestigious 2005 German Marshall Memorial Fellowship. The German Marshall Fund of the...

Bednarz accepts position with U.S. district Court, District of Minnesota

Deborah Bednarz (MA '87) has a new position as the manager of budget and statistics for the U.S. District Court, District of...

Aquilina wins Bronze Quill Award

David Aquilina (MA '77) won the International Association of Business Communicators' Bronze Quill Award for excellence in article writing in January. The...

Andrew heads public affairs practice at Tunheim Partners

Mark Andrew (MA '79) leads the public affairs practice at Tunheim Partners, where he uses many years of elected leadership, policy insight...

Andre earns Virginia McKnight Binger award

Jim Andre (MA '61) was recognized by the McKnight Foundation as one of 12 recipients of the 2004 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards...

Altman recognized in INC Magazine

Frank Altman (MA '75) received honorable mention for 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in INC Magazine's January 2005 issue. See the slide show...

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