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Current students may contact the following alumni on matters regarding professional development. Click on an individual’s name for contact information and a description of their expertise.











Nick Berning

Class of 2002

Work title: communications director,

Carleton S. Gholz

Class of 1999


Work title: Teaching Fellow

Job description: Doctoral student and teaching fellow at University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication

Graduate school: University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of Communication

Arda Kuran

Class of 2005

Contact: 00905338402727 (work),

Work title: Political Advisor

Job description: Serve as the US Mission’s principle adviser on political and economic issues in the Turkish Cypriot (T/C) community, forging and maintaining those close relationships with key leaders and working-level contacts there. Hold a detailed awareness of developments, with special attention to how they affect U.S. interests and policy goals. Present USG views to interlocutors and, in turn, assist the Embassy in understanding Turkish Cypriot positions.

Graduate school: University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Degrees: M. Sc. International Security

Scholarships: British Chevening Scholarship (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Jan Kozak

Class of 2003

Contact:, +011 506 393-4666

Work title: Marketing Manager

Job description: Real Estate Marketing and Sales, Hacienda El Dorado, Santa Ana, COSTA RICA

Graduate school: United Nations University

Degrees: MA International Relations

Scholarships: United Nations University

Patrick Guarasci

Class of 2000

Contact:, 608-692-0195,

Work title: Owner, G. Strategies LLC

Job description: G. Strategies is a development, organization, and strategy firm based in Milwaukee, WI. Our consultants work with a variety of clients including political candidates, non-profit groups, and business organizations, both in Wisconsin and nationally. G. Strategies is also involved in several community-based development projects, and has extensive experience working in different areas throughout the US. Our firm has had the opportunity to work for several major candidates for office, and we are committed to utilizing a values-based approach to finding the resources needed to accomplish a client’s goals.

Graduate school: MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin (2007)

Jeremy Hanson

Class of 1995

Contact: 612-306-5274,

Work title: Communications Director, Office of the Mayor

Job description: I coordinate media relations and public communications for the Mayor of Minneapolis, MN.

Diana Petty

Class of 2009

Contact:; (919) 260-9561

Work title: Grassroots Solutions Project Assistant

Job description: Working on grassroots advocacy campaigns for clients, and also some electoral research.

Alireze Javaheri

Class of 2001


Work title: Special Advisor

Job description: I work at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs with human rights issues and UN-matters.

Herschel Nachlis

Class of 2007


Work title: Editorial Intern, The Atlantic Monthly

Amanda Muehlhausen

Class of 2005


Work title: 3rd year law student

Job description: I will be working for Schulte, Roth, and Zable, a corporate law firm in NYC, starting in September.

Graduate school: Tulane Law School

Jennifer Shore

Class of 2004


Graduate school: University of Konstanz (Germany)

Degrees: MA, Public Policy and Management

Stephanie Potter

Class of 2008

Contact: 612-508-6416,

Work title: Press Assistant, Al Franken for US Senate (Minnesota)

Job description: Stephanie manages a crack team of communications interns who monitor blogs, TV and print media and work on a variety of communications-related projects. She also handles press duties such as scheduling interviews and writing press advisories. She reports to the campaign’s communications director and press secretary.

Alicia R. Phillips

Class of 1992

Contact:, 612-281-4809

Work title: Vice President of Development

Graduate school: University of Minnesota

Sherazad Hamit

Class of 2007


Work title: West Coast Outreach Coordinator, OneVoice Movement, New York

Job description: Conducting fundraising and outreach meetings with foundations, individual donors and celebrities on the west coast, and facilitating OneVoice projects and programming globally

Jessica Hawkinson

Class of 2008

Contact:, 610.888.1029

Work title: Seminar Coordinator

Job description: Educational Programming and Advocacy, Presbyterian Office, United Nations

Andrea L. Johnson

Class of 2006

Contact: 612-414-2150,

Work title: Legislative Correspondent

Job description: U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Will Howell

Class of 2008

Contact:, 503-569-2510

Work title: Al Franken for Senate

Oriel Fernandes

Class of 2009


Work title: Research Assistant , International Monetary Fund

Emily Hedin

Class of 2007


Work title: Fulbright Student Researcher, Senegal

Job description: Researching if/how micro finance impacts participants’ opinion regarding women’s rights and the efficacy of democratic participation. Comparative study between micro finance institutions that work exclusively with women and those who work with both men and women. Regions of focus: Dakar, Kaolack, Ziguinchor, Saint Louis, Tambacounda

Scholarships: Fulbright Student Researcher, Senegal

Other Info: Before the Fulbright, I traveled to Lima, Peru, as the recipient of the Upper Mid West Human Rights Fellowship (from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Human Rights). With my grant, I interned for a human rights organization called CODEHVES (El Comite de Derechos Humanos de Villa El Salvador), volunteered at a center for senior citizens. When I complete my Fulbright research in September 2008, I am returning to Lima to teach English and hopefully find a job in the NGO sector before pursuing graduate school.

Dan Moring

Class of 2003

Contact:,, 602-595-1725

Work title: Executive Consultant

Job description: Climate change policy analyst. Work involves legal and policy analysis, drafting briefing papers, qualitative and quantitative analysis, stakeholder meetings, drafting legislation, drafting rules and other regulatory documents, lobbying and public outreach.

Other Info: I’m happy to help out Mac kids however possible. Feel free to drop me a line if you’re interested in working in the field of climate change.

Franz Meyer

Class of 2009


Work title: Teach for America Milwuakee

Job description: I teach high school science in Milwaukee, Wisconson, as a member of Teach For America. Currently, I teach physics and earth and space science.

Graduate school: Marquette University

Degrees: Masters in Education

Other Info: Feel free to contact me about TFA or Milwaukee, or if you simply need a friendly face in Milwaukee.

Grant Stegner

Class of 2008

Contact: 952-857-9873

Work title: Teacher

Job description: 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at MS 302 in the South Bronx (New York City).

Graduate school: Lehman College

Degrees: Masters in Education

Other Info: Teach for America

Max Siegel

Class of 2007

Contact: (415) 632-7822,

Work title: Sandoval for Judge (San Francisco)

Job description: I am responsible for most aspects of this campaign, including media relations, direct voter mail efforts and field organizing.

Other Info: Please contact me with any questions. I am available at any time. 3 AM calls are appreciated… really.

Brian O’Fahey

Class of 1996

Contact:; 202-637-6541

Work title: Associate, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Job description: I work at a large, global law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. I practice primarily in the area of corporate & securities (transactional) law.

Graduate school: Georgetown University Law Center

Degrees: J.D.

Other Info: I am happy to discuss law school and/or the practice of law with any students.

Katie Mesner-Hage

Class of 2008


Work title: Civil Rights Paralegal

Job description: Paralegal for Relman & Dane PLLC, a civil rights litigation firm based in Washington D.C. Practice areas include fair housing, fair lending, and employment discrimination, among others. We litigate on behalf of all protected classes. Paralegals commit for two years and provide case management, working directly with attorneys and being actively involved in all aspects of the litigation process.

Brendan Bell

Class of 2002


Work title: Washington Representative

Job description: I’m a lobbyist for the Union of Concerned Scientists focused on climate change with a particular emphasis on transportation

Sarah Keiser Johnson

Class of 2002


Work title: Talent Marketing Coordinator – North Dakota Department of Commerce

Job description: I implement and track strategic activities that connect individuals who want to relocate to North Dakota with existing businesses or organizations in the state that have career opportunities available.

Kelsey Hornbach

Class of 2008


Work title: Scheduler and Office Manager to Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee

Job description: I work in the personal office of Congresswoman Slaughter managing her schedule, and the office itself.

Philip Chen

Class of 2006


Work title: Legislative Assistant

Claire Marshall

Class of 2007


Work title: Minnesota Attorney General’s Office

Maurice Roers

Class of 1997


Work title: City Planner/Urban Designer

Job description: I am responsible for the long-term planning and development of central Christchurch in New Zealand.

Graduate school: Harvard University – Kennedy School/GSD

Degrees: Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning

Charles Sellers

Class of 1994


Work title: Foreign Service Officer

Job description: I work for the U.S. State Department and am heading for my second tour in La Paz, Bolivia. My first tour was in New Delhi.

John Jensen

Class of 1996


Work title: Assistant Director of Privacy and Security

Job description: Manages HIPAA compliance program for University of Minnesota

Daniel Allen

Class of 2007


Work title: Legislative Program Assistant, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Job description: My area at FCNL is conventional weapons with a particular focus on cluster bombs. It’s a lobbying group so we do a mixture of public education, public advocacy and direct lobbying of legislators. FCNL is the coordinating organization of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Josh Jorgensen

Class of 2008


Work title: Constituent Liaison, New York City Council Member’s Office

Job description: I work in the office of Council Member Tony Avella (D-Queens). My job entails interacting with constituents, requesting city services for the council district, and representing the Council Member in the community.

Ahna Minge

Class of 2008


Work title: Problem Properties Unit Analyst

Job description: I help to run the regulatory arm of the City of Minneapolis that addresses boarded and vacant buildings. My daily activities include drafting legal orders, coordinating appeals processes, coordinating the unit’s contracting/procurement, preparing items for city council meetings, and tracking my division’s performance.

Carrie Norbin Killoran

Class of 1994

Contact: 414-271-6560,

Work title: Attorney

Job description: Partner in health care practice at a large midwestern law firm

Graduate school: Harvard University – Law School and JFK School of Government

Degrees: MPP – 1996 and JD – 1999

Scholarships: Truman Scholar (MN 1993)

Sara Langhinrichs

Class of 2008

Contact:; 651-235-0482

Work title: Research Assistant

Job description: Monitoring print, tv, radio, and internet media sources, and writing content for Mic Check, a daily radio prep service. Also finding audio clips and attending events to capture audio.

Brendan Duke

Class of 2008


Work title: Communications Associate

Job description: Families USA, a national non-profit in Washington, D.C. that advocates for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Christopher Mitchell

Class of 2001

Contact:, 651-247-6569

Work title: Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative

Job description: I research, publicize and advocate for publicly owned broadband networks (mostly fiber-optic and wireless). I’m the only person working on telecom policy in a nonprofit think tank in Minneapolis:

Graduate school: Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota

Degrees: Master of Public Policy

Ihotu Ali

Class of 2007


Work title: Community Research Coordinator

Job description: Like in most nonprofits, I do a little of everything: greeting clients, coordinating volunteer English tutors (and teaching my own class), writing grants, organizing fundraising events, conducting research, coordinating and attending meetings with other African/refugee nonprofits, health insurance billing, developing new community health and financial literacy programs… and of course learning bits of various East African languages.

Graduate school: University of Minnesota School of Public Health (pending)

Degrees: Masters in Public Health – Global Health concentration

Sarah Keiser

Class of 2002


Work title: Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota

Job description: Oversees the administration of a statewide network of various parenting programs; coordinates the work of the ND Alliance for Children’s Justice; training and technical assistance; advocacy; develops trainings, presentations and educational materials; website development and upkeep

Romina Laouri

Class of 2004


Work title: Global Integrator, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Job description: Romina works for Ashoka, an organization that strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers in 2005. She works for Ashoka’s Youth Initiative (supporting young people to launch socially-oriented projects) primarily helping its expansion globally and working to create a global movement of young changemakers around the world.

Graduate school: University of Chicago

Natalia Mari Espejo

Class of 2007


Work title: Lobbyist/Research Assistant

Job description: I work at two Peruvian non-profit organizations. At one I help draft and translate grant proposals aimed at getting funding for the provision of legal assistance to victims of torture and/or agrarian workers who are affected by the mining industry. At the second I help develop educational materials for leaders of non-profits with the intended goal of increasing their productivity and efficiency.

Anthony Berglund

Class of 2007


Work title: Admission Possible Junior Coach

Job description: I work with 40 highly motivated, low-income students at Harding High School in St. Paul. I quadruple as a teacher, mentor, college consultant, and motivator. I average about 50 hours a week, but the work is genuinely meaningful and I absolutely love it.

Robin Rich

Class of 2003


Work title: Former Assistant Executive Director

Job description: League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Graduate school: University of Pennsylvania, Nonprofit/NGO Leadership Program, Masters Degree

Clare Ryan

Class of 2008


Work title: Promise Fellow

Job description: AmeriCorp position working with a statewide network of youth intervention programs in Minnesota.

Alissabeth Ridenour

Class of 2007


Work title: Peace Corps Health Education Volunteer

Job description: I work with the local department of public health in Shkodra, Albania, to rethink the health educations curriculum. The goal is to make health education more engaging, and more relevant to Albanian’s needs. On the side I work with a girl’s empowerment group, and coach model UN.

Bonnie Driscoll

Class of 2007


Work title: High School Spanish Teacher

Job description: I teach High School Spanish in an urban public school in Memphis, Tennessee. I am employed through Teach for America.

Jess Hasken

Class of 2007

Contact: 704-258-1417 (cell)

Work title: Teach for America – Teacher

Job description: Jess teaches science and math to underprivileged 7th and 8th grade students in Charlotte, NC.

Rachel Brady

Class of 2007


Work title: Junior high school teacher

Job description: Rachel teaches 7-8th graders in math and science at a predominantly Latino/Latina junior high school in Chicago, IL. She is employed through Teach for America.

Christopher Wright

Class of 1999


Work title: Research Fellow, Center for Development and Environment, University of Oslo

Job description: I research, teach, consult and write about global environmental politics, with special emphasis on the role of the financial sector in promoting sustainable development in developing countries.

Graduate school: London School of Economics

Degrees: Ph. D., MSc, MIA