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“There is a lot of work to do.” Ambassador Lewis shares a treasure trove of experience and advice with MPP Students

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 - 12:00am

From the time he graduated from a segregated high school in Kansas City, Kansas, Delano Lewis knew he wanted to be lawyer so he could use the law to make real change, particularly in civil rights. After earning his law degree in 1963, he moved to Wa...read more

2021 Evaluation Lab Expo a success

Posted: May 06, 2021 - 10:00am

The 2021 Evaluation Lab Expo was our second pandemic Expo. Our Evaluation Lab Fellows each presented their posters with poise and confidence in their findings. The students have spent the last two semesters interacting with their clients virtually, ...read more

Jazmín Irazoqui-Ruiz shares her passion for policy born from her lived experience

Posted: Apr 07, 2021 - 10:00am

It is easy to see why Jazmín Irazoqui-Ruiz is so passionate about policy. As a child, her family immigrated from Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona and when she was in high school, they decided to move to New Mexico where the immigration policies were ...read more

An Adventure in Digital Policy Making: MPP Students' Annual Trip to the Legislative Session

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 - 09:00am

This year’s annual trip to the New Mexico’s Legislative Session for first year MPP students looked very different than previous years, since it happened on a screen. But as in previous years, the students had the opportunity to talk with...read more

Getting Your Arms Around the Problem: James Lewis shares advice from his distinguished public service career

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 - 12:00am

James Lewis, a member of the MPP’s Community Advisory Board, is a treasure trove of policy career information. He has worked in government for four decades and was the first African American elected to a statewide office in New Mexico. Some of...read more

Be Humble. Be Informed. Be Concise. Be Helpful: Scott Darnell on Advising Elected Officials.

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 - 12:00am

Scott Darnell addressed the MPP Policy Seminar this week on the topic of advising elected officials.  Now a senior policy advisor for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Darnell previously served in the administrations of New Mexic...read more

Money and Citizens: Dede Feldman on Ethics in the NM State Legislature 

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 - 12:00am

A candidate for the New Mexico senate in the 1980s spent an average of  $2,500.  In today’s dollars that candidate would have spent about $6,000.  Compare those figures with the $1 million pumped in...read more

Policymaking in a time of crisis: Richard Bowman on lessons from COVID-19

Posted: Dec 02, 2020 - 12:00am

Richard Bowman’s career trajectory has taken him on a varied path, from high school science teacher to earning his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School, to the Chief Information and Strategy Officer for Albuquerque Public ...read more

MPP student working with schools all over New Mexico

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 - 12:00am

Marit is a part-time MPP student and a full time Comprehensive Literacy Development Manager for New Mexico’s Public Education Department. Marit manages a grant for 40 million dollars to be distributed over five years for eleven sub-grantees in...read more

Policy Students in Action

Posted: Nov 11, 2020 - 12:00am

In our October lunch gathering over Zoom, policy analysts from New Mexico Voices for Children told the MPP students about their organization and their roles within it. Emily Wildau is a part-time MPP student and full time Research and Policy Analysi...read more

Viewing Policy Through Multiple Lenses

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 - 12:00am

Dr. Corrine Sanchez grew up in and around the non-profit, Tewa Women United (TWU). She watched its beginnings as her mother and other Tewa women formed a volunteer group, and as it became a non-profit in 2001, and now she is the Executive Director a...read more

Policy Making in the Time of COVID

Posted: Oct 09, 2020 - 12:00am

Jon Courtney is on the MPP’s Community Advisory Board and is Deputy Director of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee (LFC). Dr. Courtney’s experience includes working as a data analyst for the United States Air Force Research Lab...read more

MPP Students Making a Difference

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 - 12:00am

In our first COVID lunch gathering, two second-year MPP students reported on their summer policy internships. Jessica Hitzman spent the summer of 2020 interning at the Legislative Finance Committee (and has been hired on as a regular employee for th...read more

Myra Segal and Albuquerque’s Corona Crushers work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city’s homeless population

Posted: Sep 08, 2020 - 12:00am

Myra Segal was the Policy Seminar’s first guest speaker of the academic year. Myra is the Senior Policy Advisor for the City of Albuquerque’s Family and Community Services. She holds an MPP from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Myr...read more

Join us for the Eval Lab Expo Webinar!

Posted: Apr 24, 2020 - 12:00am

Every spring, the UNM Evaluation Lab hosts an event for the community to learn about our work to build evaluation capacity in local nonprofits. Due to COVID-19, this year's Evaluation Lab Expo will be a webinar! Join us online on Friday, May 8th fr...read more

Building Relationships and Standing for What you Believe In

Posted: Mar 04, 2020 - 11:00am

Ernie C’de Baca is the President and CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce(AHCC). He is also a member of the MPP’s Community Advisory Board and was recently a guest speaker in the MPP Policy Seminar!  Mr. C’de Bac...read more

Future Champions of Change visit the Roundhouse for a taste of the Legislative Season

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 - 12:00pm

First year MPP students took a trip to Santa Fe on Friday, February 7, to visit the New Mexico Capital and get a close look at the Roundhouse during the busy 30-day legislative session. Our very own MPPer and senior fiscal analyst for the Legislativ...read more

Lessons from 16 years in the New Mexico Senate

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 - 02:00pm

Dede Feldman was the Policy Seminar’s first guest speaker of 2020, and to start the semester off the MPP students read her book, Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens. Ms. Feldman is on the MPP Community Advisory Board and se...read more

Ready, set, evaluate!

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 - 10:00am

Evaluation Lab Fellows recently shared evaluation plans with the four participating community organizations in the 2019-2020 Evaluation Lab: Las Cumbres Community Services, Enlace Comunitario, PB&J Family Services, and Centro Sávila.  Each...read more

A Holistic Approach to Policy

Posted: Dec 03, 2019 - 09:00am

Corrine Sanchez, of San Ildefonso Pueblo, started out in Environmental Studies at Clark University, before earning a Master's in American Studies at UNM, and a PhD from the School of Social Transformation and Justice Studies at ASU. She is now the E...read more

Best Advice for Elected Decision Makers

Posted: Nov 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Scott Darnell has seen the Policy World from many vantage points. He has worked for the governor, the city, and he now oversees policy development and strategic planning for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. He knows how important effecti...read more

The Pitfalls of a Boom and Bust Economy, and the Difficulty of Changing the Status Quo

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 - 12:00am

Charles Sallee, the Deputy Director of the NM Legislative Finance Committee, encouraged students to take a long view of government. Reliance on oil and gas tax revenue subjects New Mexico to a boom and bust pattern, mirroring the nature of extractiv...read more

A Passion for Policy

Posted: Sep 04, 2019 - 12:00am

Ane Romero, a member of the MPP Community Advisory Board, shared her policy path with MPP students during the Policy Seminar on Wednesday. Ms. Romero thought she wanted to be a physical therapist when she started college at NM Highlands University, ...read more

Bowman in Policy Seminar

Negotiation: The Key to a Successful Policy

Posted: May 09, 2019 - 12:00pm

The MPP students were happy to welcome guest speaker, Dr. Richard Bowman to the Policy Seminar on May 1. Bowman brings his perspective as a former high school teacher to his policy work as the Albuquerque Public Schools’ Chief Information and ...read more

MPP steps into Alvin Warren’s shoes

Posted: May 01, 2019 - 12:00am

This week Alvin Warren led students in the MPP Policy Seminar through a Harvard Case Study, “Negotiating from the Margins,” that featured his participation in his tribe’s reacquisition of ancestral lands in the Valles Caldera. Mr. ...read more

Evaluation Lab Hosts its 4th Annual Workshop

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 - 11:00am

The Evaluation Lab’s 4th annual Workshop on April 12 brought community organizations and UNM students and researchers together to share the many ways to assess organizational effectiveness. As in previous years, the highlight of the Workshop ...read more

Fred Harris Talks Past, Present, and Future with MPP Students

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 - 12:00am

MPP students met living legend Senator Fred Harris during his address to the Policy Seminar on April 17. Harris was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate at the age of 25, and to the U.S. Senate at 33. In 1967, Harris encouraged President Lyndon John...read more

Leslie Porter Gives Students a Glimpse into the Future

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Seeing community members being successful in your degree of choice is nothing short of inspiring for students. MPP students got exactly that inspiration this week with a visit from Leslie Porter, who holds an MPP from American University. Ms. Porter...read more

New Mexico in Focus talks to Melissa Binder

Posted: Mar 09, 2019 - 12:00am

Earlier this month, New Mexico in Focus correspondent Gwyneth Doland sat down with MPP's Melissa Binder to discuss the overall impacts of the minimum wage hike, plus what the research says about what that new minimum wage should be. Check it out! h...read more

A Warm Roundhouse Welcome for MPP Students

Posted: Mar 04, 2019 - 12:00am

The New Mexico Roundhouse is nothing short of chaos this time of year. The 2019 legislative session is in full swing for 60 days and everyone and their mother comes to the Legislature in hopes of making an impression that will help build the policy ...read more

Revamping the Bernalillo County Re-Entry Center

Posted: Feb 17, 2019 - 12:00am

MPP Students had the opportunity to visit the Bernalillo County Resource Re-entry Center on January 30. The Center opened last spring, and offers a “soft landing” for those being released from the Metropolitan Detention Center. The Cente...read more

Increased Investments in Early Childhood Education in New Mexico White Paper

Posted: Jan 27, 2019 - 12:00am

The Master of Public Policy program director helped to create this UNM Economics Department White Paper about the Increased Investments in Early Childhood Education in New Mexico.  Check it out! https://econ.unm.edu/common/documents/cataly...read more

The Intersection of Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice | Julie Baca

Posted: Dec 26, 2018 - 12:00am

MPP students had the opportunity to talk with Julie Baca this week about Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative. Baca is the Bernalillo County Manager, a position she has held since 2015. Baca recounted how voters backed the idea of ...read more

The Intersection of Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice | Julie Baca

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 - 12:00am

MPP students had the opportunity to talk with Julie Baca this week about Bernalillo County’s Behavioral Health Initiative. Baca is the Bernalillo County Manager, a position she has held since 2015. Baca recounted how voters backed the idea of ...read more

Rebecca Rae talks about the importance of community in research

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 - 12:00am

In community-based participatory research (CBPR), community members are involved in all aspects of the research project, including choosing the research question, collecting the data, and interpreting results. And unlike most academic projects, CBPR...read more

Making a Difference through Indigenous Education

Posted: Oct 20, 2018 - 12:00am

MPP students had the opportunity to talk with Kristin Szczepaniec this week about her experience as a policy analyst for NACA Inspired Schools Network (NISN).  Ms. Szczepaniec majored in Economics at Notre Dame and joined Teach for America in L...read more

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