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Hire an MPP: Violet Engeu Acumo

  • last - Violet Acumoviolet - CopyPolicy Interest(s): Gender and Social Justice Policy
  • Sector Interest(s): International Non-Profit / Private / Government
  • Location Preference(s): Local / International / No Preference
  • Ideal Role(s): Researcher / Practitioner / Administrator

Violet Engeu Acumo is a graduating Master of Public Policy and a MasterCard Foundation Scholar. In addition to her MPP training, Violet is armed with significant organizational, leadership, and policy development experience. She is actively seeking a position that will challenge her and require some combination of her extensive list of talents and the ability to be a force for positive change.

Violet has an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, training which proved particularly useful when in top-level leadership positions in multiple organizations in her home country of Uganda, and later during her incredible internship in Tanzania and Nigeria. She is particularly adept in the organizational and human resources realms, being very familiar with performance management systems, human resources management and development, organizational behavior and communication, and marketing and evaluation.

She is also an experienced conflict negotiator, proficient in the tenets of sustainable development, and gender and women’s human rights. She even has teaching experience in leadership, integrated learning, and feminist criminology. Building upon this and her graduate specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change, Violet’s capstone project is, in her own words, “about gender and social justice policy in Sub Saharan Africa. Particularly the criminology of intimate partner violence, the complicity of sub Saharan African governments in this crime, and its policy implications.”

Outside of her MPP courses, Violet is a member of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, an initiative to educate and prepare young people – particularly from Africa – to lead change and make a positive social impact globally. Like most MPP students, Violet also participated in a summer internship as an avenue to practice some of what she had learned in the classroom. Speaking directly about her experience, she says that in the summer of 2016, she “was recruited into the Agrifood Youth Opportunity Lab Project, a $13 million research undertaking funded by the MasterCard Foundation in partnership with Michigan State University in Nigeria and Tanzania. As Associate Gender Lead, I specifically managed gender mainstreaming and policy development, with implications for recruitment and curriculum development for the project. I developed policy strategy memos for the different project partners, trained ground staff for partnering agencies, and developed psychometric tests for recruitment.”

Violet’s unparalleled drive toward justice and organizational excellence, coupled with her experience in the program, has facilitated her development as future actor for change and, in her own words, made her “set lofty goals” for herself. Violet would make a tremendous addition to any team.

Feel free to reach out to Violet by email or on her LinkedIn.

Check out some of our other graduating Masters of Public Policy!


If you have any questions about our graduating class, please contact Program Director Dr. Josh Sapotichne via email.

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Hire a Master of Public Policy – 2018 Overview

It’s hard to believe for our students, but their two years of training as a Master of Public Policy is quickly coming to a close. Our second-year students are currently very busy working on their policy- and impact-driven capstone projects which will be revealed during our 2018 Capstone Forum (to get a taste, see last year’s projects on our site). Make sure to like us on Facebook so you know exactly when tickets become available!

Quite a few MPP students began as career professionals seeking to enhance their skillset. A larger portion of our graduating class is now starting to have an eye toward their first career. Going forward, we’ll be highlighting a handful of them in our Hire an MPP series! Below is a quick overview of our featured candidates, click on their link to read more!


alexAlex Andrews

Policy Interest(s): Economic Development / Urban Affairs

Sector Interest(s): Private / Government

Location Preference(s): Lansing, MI / Grand Rapids, MI


Carlos-Rios-Santiago-Photo-2-175x250Carlos Rios-Santiago

Policy Interest(s): Economic Development / Social Security / Fiscal Policy

Sector Interest(s): Federal Government / Private / Non-profit

Location Preference(s): Washington D.C. / Michigan


FB_IMG_1468939111233-1-175x250Kyle Goldstein

Policy Interest(s): Regulatory, Health, and Energy Policy

Sector Interest(s): Private

Location Preference(s): Michigan


_MG_0734Ian Magnuson

Policy Interest(s): Local Environmental Policy / International Education

Sector Interest(s): Non-profit / Private / Local Government / State Government

Location Preference(s): West Michigan / Pacific Northwest, US/Canada


_MG_0794Chelsea Kazlauskas

Policy Interest(s): Welfare and Housing Policy

Sector Interest(s): Non-profit / Government

Location Preference(s): Michigan / Great Lakes Region


 jacboJacob Thompson

Policy Interest(s): International Development / Environmental and Social Policy

Sector Interest(s): Private / Non-profit

Location Preference(s): Domestic or International / No Preference


last - Violet Acumoviolet - CopyViolet Engeu Acumo

Policy Interest(s): Gender and Social Justice Policy

Sector Interest(s): International Non-Profit / Private / Government

Location Preference(s): Local / International / No Preference


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Luke Allen

 

Policy Interest(s): Rural Development / Healthcare

Sector Interest(s): No Preference with Significant Non-Profit Experience

Location Preference(s): Near Washtenaw County, MI / Northern Michigan


mikaylahMikaylah Heffernan

Policy Interest(s): Education and the Environment

Sector Interest(s): Non-Profit / Government

Location Preference(s): Lansing, MI / Washington D.C.


Rothe-MPP-Photo-175x250Warren Rothe

Policy Interest(s): All Things Local Government / Public Finance / Budgeting

Sector Interest(s): Local Government

Location Preference(s): Metro Detroit, MI / Michigan


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Policy Interest(s): Local Government Finance / Education / Policy Evaluation

Sector Interest(s): Non-profit / Private Sector Policy Research

Location Preference(s): Lansing, MI / Washington D.C. / or other Policy Hubs


If you have any questions about our graduating class, please contact Program Director Dr. Josh Sapotichne via email.

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Hire an MPP: Mikaylah Heffernan

  • mikaylahPolicy Interest(s): Education and the Environment
  • Sector Interest(s): Non-Profit / Government
  • Location Preference(s): Lansing, MI / Washington D.C.
  • Ideal Role(s): Politician / Practitioner

Mikaylah Heffernan, a graduating Master of Public Policy, says that her experience with the MPP program has cemented her desire to pursue a career in politics so that she can give back to the communities that have always supported her dreams and ambitions.  Especially valuable to Mikaylah’s experience were her elective courses, allowing her to build a detailed knowledge of select policy problems, especially with regard to her passion of women and children welfare and natural resource policy. She is adept at exploring creative and equitable solutions. Mikaylah’s work experience has shown her the importance of communication with people from all walks of life and has encouraged her to pursue her goal to be a politician that can give back to her community. Mikaylah likes to spend her free time writing children’s literature and volunteer tutoring children with special needs.

Mikaylah can be reached via email or on her LinkedIn.

Check out some of our other graduating Masters of Public Policy!


If you have any questions about our graduating class, please contact Program Director Dr. Josh Sapotichne via email.

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Hire an MPP: Jacob Thompson

  • jacboPolicy Interest(s): International Development / Environmental and Social Policy
  • Sector Interest(s): Private / Non-profit
  • Location Preference(s): Domestic or International / No Preference
  • Ideal Role(s): Practitioner / Researcher

Jacob Thompson, a graduating Master of Public Policy, has a wide set of skills and experience to draw upon in his future endeavors. He attributes part of this to the program, saying that “my MPP experience at MSU broadened my skillset and knowledge base across a variety of topics”. His previous work experience included assisting with international research projects on location which allowed him to refine the skills he originally gained as part of his undergraduate work. These experiences gave him the confidence to learn and master any new tasks or skills needed in the future. He says that he is looking forward to finishing his degree and seeks to make a positive difference in the world. Jacob is an avid concert-goer and outdoorsman.

Jacob can be reached via email.

Check out some of our other graduating Masters of Public Policy!


If you have any questions about our graduating class, please contact Program Director Dr. Josh Sapotichne via email.

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Hire an MPP: Alex Andrews

  • alexPolicy Interest(s): Economic Development / Urban Affairs
  • Sector Interest(s): Private / Government
  • Location Preference(s): Lansing, MI / Grand Rapids, MI
  • Ideal Role(s): Policy Analyst / Practitioner

Alex Andrews, a graduating Master of Public Policy, has a wide set of interests in the policy world. Ranging from development, implementation, to analysis, he has taken every opportunity offered by the program to, in his own words, “explore various policy arenas and find out exactly which issues are important to me, while also enhancing my skills in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis”. While exploring these topics, he also made sure to network and learn about the myriad career options in each field, giving him insight into where he believes he will flourish and make an impact.

Alex decided to add one of the optional specializations available to MPP students. With a burgeoning interest in urban affairs, it only made sense to adopt the Global Urban Studies Program specialization (often referred to as GUSP) which allowed him to “[gain] an understanding of the various challenges that municipalities must endure in areas across the globe and how policy can help to ameliorate this burden. Additionally, I have learned what comprises a complete and polished research paper, while gaining the skills necessary to convey the findings of my own research projects in an effective manner”. Alex’s interest in urban affairs has extended to his capstone project as well, focusing on public opinion via social media usage at the local level.

Alex also serves as a research assistant for the Global Urban Studies Program, which has helped develop his academic skillset. He says that it has helped him formulate his “research objectives and the methods necessary to efficiently and effectively collect, analyze, and interpret data”. Critically, he credits this experience with teaching him to manage his time more effectively, having to “balance my school workload with my own research assignments, while also teaching me to be more self-motivated in nearly every aspect of my life”.

Alex can be reached via email or on his LinkedIn.

Check out some of our other graduating Masters of Public Policy!


If you have any questions about our graduating class, please contact Program Director Dr. Josh Sapotichne via email.

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Hire an MPP: Chelsea Kazlauskas

  • _MG_0794Policy Interest(s): Welfare and Housing Policy
  • Sector Interest(s): Non-profit / Government
  • Location Preference(s): Michigan / Great Lakes Region
  • Ideal Role(s): Policy Analyst / Researcher

Chelsea Kazlauskas, a graduating Master of Public Policy, says that she originally came into the program unsure where her true policy interests lay. After taking her core classes, her interest in policy research and analysis was solidified. In choosing what her elective courses would be, Chelsea chose to take the advanced econometrics course, contributing toward her understanding of Stata. She said she enjoyed the quantitative aspects of the policy even more than she originally thought. Chelsea cites her time interning and working experience at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority as the spark that lit her passion for housing and welfare policy in general. Chelsea is an avid hiker and loves exploring state and national parks in her free time.

Chelsea can be contacted via email.

Check out some of our other graduating Masters of Public Policy!


If you have any questions about our graduating class, please contact Program Director Dr. Josh Sapotichne via email.

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Hire an MPP: Carlos Rios-Santiago

  • Carlos-Rios-Santiago-Photo-2-175x250Policy Interest(s): Economic Development / Social Security / Fiscal Policy
  • Sector Interest(s): Federal Government / Private / Non-profit
  • Location Preference(s): Washington D.C. / Michigan
  • Ideal Role(s): Policy Analyst

Carlos Rios-Santiago, a graduating Master of Public Policy, is an adept policy analyst, seeking to build a career managing and analyzing data. Carlos took advantage of every methods and econometrics course that the program offered, allowing him to significantly improve his applied analytical skills. Specifically, having taken both Quantitative Methods III and Advanced Econometrics, he has gained a strong understanding of both the applied and theoretical aspects of policy analysis.

While working at the Economic Development Administration, Carlos regularly wrote, revised, and reviewed R scripts, performed outlier analysis with R/Excel, and used Stata to evaluate the impact construction projects have on local and county economies.  He continued to refine his analysis on construction projects and it became his capstone. His data focused internship with the EDA was complemented by his government affairs internship at Boston Scientific (BSC). At BSC, he had the opportunity to interact with legislators and lobbyists, strengthening his interpersonal skills, and giving him a strong understanding of multiple stakeholders’ perspectives.

Carlos can be reached on his LinkedIn.

Check out some of our other graduating Masters of Public Policy!


If you have any questions about our graduating class, please contact Program Director Dr. Josh Sapotichne via email.

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