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2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Leadership Intersections: Crossroads for Public and Nonprofit Collaboration

Tuesday, June 25
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, MN

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to share strategies and solutions about how nonprofit organizations and government agencies can increase their abilities to engage individuals, improve systems, and strengthen communities. Whether you’ve been involved in the nonprofit or government sectors for two years or 20 years, this conference offers a space for you!


June 2013

Dean's Corner

Dean Schwartz

The U.S. overseas food aid program reflects our nation’s commitment to help alleviate hunger and promote development around the world. It is a program that our School's namesake, Hubert Humphrey, so strongly supported.

Earlier this year, former Humphrey School Dean Brian Atwood and I joined more than 30 former officials of Republican and Democratic Administrations in signing a public letter in support of reforms proposed by the Obama Administration. If implemented, they would enable the United States to reach 2 to 4 million more people in need, improve the timeliness of food aid delivery, support economies in the developing world, enhance flexibility and efficiency and save taxpayer dollars. As you may know, Brian served as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Clinton Administration and I served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration between 2009 and 2011, and we were pleased to be part of this effort. Other signers of the public letter included John Bolton, Elliott Abrams, and Henrietta H. Fore. Each had served in very senior positions in the Administration of George W. Bush, which had also proposed reforms.

The recommended measures are many and varied. For instance, without abandoning commodity purchases of U.S. agricultural products to meet needs overseas, the proposal called for a much more expansive use of local and regional food purchases, as they have often proven far more effective and efficient in meeting humanitarian requirements. In acting on the Farm Bill this month, the Senate took some very modest action in the direction of reform – for example, by adding $20 million to a pilot program for local purchases. While it’s disappointing that the Senate did not endorse more of the proposed reforms, we can be encouraged that such reform issues are part of the debate – which will continue as this measure works its way through the legislative process.

(Read the bi-partisan letter here).

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The Humphrey School is tremendously pleased to announce that, as of last week, Dr. Laura Bloomberg is the Humphrey School's new associate dean. Laura served with distinction as interim associate dean during spring semester, taking the reins on several important initiatives. Laura has a long affiliation with the School, most recently as executive director of the Center of Integrative Leadership, a joint initiative with the Carlson School of Management, the College of Education and Human Development, and the School of Public Health. She also worked for several years with the Center for School Change. A former school board member and principal, Laura's most recent research and policy work has focused on community leadership, youth development, cross-cultural dialogue, and educational policy.


Humphrey School items can now be purchased through the U of M Bookstore! Buy a Humphrey School T-shirt, coffee mug, fleece jacket, or pen and show your Humphrey School pride! Find a complete collection of items on the University of Minnesota Bookstore's website. (Buy Now)


Congratulations to Humphrey School alumni and friends who made the 2013 Pollen Leaders list! They're called "Under the Radar Leaders" and "Community Connectors" and are doing great things in the Twin Cities. Congratulations to: Desiree Culpitt (MPP '07), Adam Faitek (MPP '08), Jennifer Godinez (MA ' 97), Erik Hansen (MPP '01), Matthew Hauck (MPP '10), Stephanie Jacobs (MPP '05), Jonathan Sage-Martinson (MA '96), Ben Shardlow (MURP '10), Mihailo (Mike) Temali, (MA '79), Lori-Anne Williams (MPA '10), and many more! You make us proud! Read the entire list here.


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