Spark Ventures is a Chicago based non-profit organization that partners with grassroots organizations in developing countries to provide children in poverty with healthcare, education, and training.
Three Monterey Institute graduates, Anne-Claire Benoit (MPA ’12), Kathleen Gordon (MPA ’12), and Bill Reinecke (MBA ’10) are on their way to one-year assignments in Africa as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Fellows. Hundreds of qualified people apply annually to this highly coveted and prestigious fellowship, but no other graduate school is as well represented as the Monterey Institute.
"You could say it is any MPA's dream project," says Craig Middleton (MPA '87) of his leading role in establishing the Presidio Trust in 1996, a federal agency that manages the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site that previously served as a military post under the flags of three nations. The Trust was, and remains, a unique agency.
“Tierra de Agua,” a new documentary by three Monterey Institute Public Administration students, Cristina Lopez (MPA ’13), Manuel Martinez (MPA ’13) and Richard Hansen (MPA ’13), explores the different existing dimensions (rural, urban and indigenous) in the struggle for access to water and sanitation in Nicaragua, and the historic, economic and institutional implications of that access through the lenses of the people living it daily. It was premiered on Friday, April 19th in the Irvine Auditorium as part of student-driven activities during the week leading up to Earth Day on Ap
Three students from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program are making a documentary about clean water issues in Nicaragua. Manuel Martinez, Richard Hansen and Cristina Lopez partnered together as the H2Nica team to meet the people of Nicaragua and explore their struggle to have clean water in one of the world's most water-rich countries.
Program: International Education Management and Public Administration (Joint Degree)
Undergrad: Lake Forest College: Sociology & Anthropology and Spanish
Fast Fact: Anna was the student speaker at her college commencement.
Where are you currently working?
I am the graduate assistant to the Monterey institute's Study Abroad Advisor, in the Center for Advising & Career Services.
Karla Micheli (MPA/MAIEM ‘14) and Natalie Alfaro (MPA ‘14) spent last summer in Granada, Nicaragua interning with the organization Viva Nicaragua. The two students secured immersive learning funding from the Monterey Institute to support their internships, and partnered with the Monterey Museum of Art to produce a museum exhibit as their final project.
We’re happy to report that there is a lot of buzz (as evidenced by this recent article in The Oregonian) surrounding Wikisway, an internet start-up company founded by MIIS alumnus Huston Hedinger (MAIPS ’12) while he was still a student. The company has already raised money from the Portland Seed Fund and other investors and is rapidly expanding. Huston’s team includes MIIS alumna Grace Andrews (MPA ’12), who is responsible for marketing and communications.
For as long as I can remember, my professional goal was to do “something international”, which I gradually narrowed down to “helping people” internationally, which I eventually specified as “international development.” This more specific goal was something that I carried with me from the end of high school and on, but by the time I reached college graduation last year I was ready to give up on it.
"One of the things I love most about MIIS students is their extreme hunger for practical advice," says Kent Glenzer, associate professor of organizational behavior and development. Despite impressive academic credentials such as a Ph.D. and an Ivy League degree, until he got the call from the Monterey Institute last year, Kent had not seen himself as an academic.