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Upcoming Events

NPML workshop: Managing Interns and Practicum Students to Maximize Time, Talent, and Impact, Aug. 16, 2018

NPML workshop: Basic Financial Oversight and Management for Nonprofit Organizations, Sept. 13, 2018

NPML webinar: Issues of Confidentiality and Ethics to Consider in Nonprofit Organizations

NPML webinar: A Primer on Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Organization in Missouri

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Learn about the latest news, plus opportunities for public servants in our August MPPA Happenings!

MPPA 2011 graduate Cordaryl Patrick is making a difference in north St. Louis County, UMSL Daily

PPA Prof. Anne Winkler's book "The Economics of Women, Men, and Work" is now in its 8th edition.

PPA Prof. Jean-Germain Gros' book "Healthcare Policy in Africa" explores origins and practices of health-care policy in Africa, UMSL Daily


 Student and alumni achievements

MPPA 2009 graduate Jacob Lute Brown was promoted to Technical Expert at the East St. Louis Social Security field office. 

MPPA 2012 graduate Mary Jo Condon recently began working as a Senior Consultant at Freedman HealthCare. Most recently, Condon was Senior Director of Partnerships and Projects at the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative. “I’m excited to join the Freedman team, to bring my experience to their talented staff. Clients across the country benefit from Freedman’s expertise in data strategy, project implementation, and now expanded data analytics capabilities," Condon said. “Meaningful progress in health care requires strong data analytics and the support of diverse partners. I look forward to working with our clients to bring together the analytics and relationships necessary to achieve their goals."

NPML student John Hembruch was elected to serve on the board of Faith in Action, Edwardsville-Glen Carbon, with his term to begin in 2018. Also, the nonprofit organization that he serves, First Presbyterian Church, Edwardsville, dedicated the cornerstone of its new building on Ridge View Road in Edwardsville last month.  

NPML and MSW Spring 2017 graduate Christy Horton has been working as the Director of Development for Under the Same Tree (UTST). The organization has taken a proactive approach forming microfinance programs in Kenya and Uganda. “We come alongside single moms lacking income and resources, who are at an increased risk for exploitation, homelessness, disease, and child abandonment,” Horton said. “The UTST model provides funding to start businesses, increases income, teaches skills, and gives a small stipend for children to attend schools. UTST is impacting two generations through these small microfinance loans, preventing tragedies, and keeping families together. As the loans are paid, the funds are given to the next set of vulnerable women in need. We also recently started a refugee program in St. Louis.”

MPPA and NPML 2006 graduate Sarah Javier has been the President/Executive Director for the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (aka, APA Adoption Center) for a year, after several leadership roles in healthcare for over a decade. The APA is an open admission animal shelter dedicated to bringing people and pets together, promoting wellness, and advancing humane education. They find homes for nearly 3,000 homeless animals each year and serve nearly 10,000 animals through low-cost wellness programs. They also provide educational and interactive opportunities to individuals of all ages through a variety of programming. In addition to her role at the APA, Javier also serves on the Fund Development Committee for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

MPPA student Jodie Lloyd was promoted to Senior Analyst in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration (EVC) at Washington University. In this role, she supports the EVC on community and economic development initiatives and provide research and analysis on University policies and programs. 

MPPA and LGM 2017 graduate Matthew Manley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He also received the Medal of Valor, which is the highest award granted for local law enforcement officers. “I'm also very involved in a program called CHESS (Cops Helping Enhance Student Success) Cops program that teaches chess to public school students in the City of St. Louis,” he said. “Last year I taught at Kennard Elementary and this year I'm at Gateway Middle. From a public policy perspective, I'm really interested in collaborations like these. In this instance, between the police department, public school system and a non-profit organization (Chess Club & Scholastic Center). I feel there are more opportunities like this to break down policy silos and work together to achieve common goals.”

MPPA 2012 graduate Angie Postal has a new title at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, Vice President Education, Policy, and Community Engagement.

MPPA 2014 graduate Taulby Roach was appointed to the board of directors of Citizens of Modern Transit in St. Louis.

MPPA and NPML 2013 graduate Tim Williams has worked at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region for four years in various roles. He was recently promoted as the organizations Hub and Community Engagement Manager.

MPPA student Travis Wood had an article about redeveloping golf courses into natural areas, published on Ensia. The article is based on research he conducted during his internship with Community and Economic Development Solutions.