Oles for Public Interest

Oles for Public Interest

 Wednesday, March 16, 2016

 6:30- 8:30 pm

 Buntrock Commons Ballrooms

 Registration is now closed.

Learn from and connect with Ole alumni who have developed careers that foster social impact, health, education, and sustainability. Gain practical tips for exploring your interests and pursuing internship and job opportunities. You will have the opportunity to attend panel discussions and interact with the alumni presenters during a reception. Oles for Public Interest is a great opportunity for thoughtful discussion and questions as alumni tell their stories and provide insight into their paths to public interest careers. Attire for Oles for Public Interest is business casual.

Program Overview


Alumni Panel Sessions

*Students will remain in one room for both sessions, panelists will move between sessions.*

Public Policy & Research (Viking Theater)

Communications, Partnerships & Philanthropy (Black Ballroom)

Program Leadership & Innovation (Gold Ballroom)

Session 1 // Starting a Social Impact Career

Panelists from a variety of professional backgrounds will discuss how they transitioned from St. Olaf and started their careers.

Session 2 // Exploring Professional Roles & Career Paths

Panels will discuss trends and issues related to their career fields.

Dessert Reception//Sun Ballroom

Enjoy dessert and follow-up conversation with alumni panelists.


2016 Alumni Panelists:

Mandy Ellerton ’02
Director of Community Innovation, Bush Foundation

Lisa Warren ’86
Director of Community Engagement, Thrivent Financial
Matt Scherer ’06
Legislative Director, Minnesota Department of Administration
Monzong Cha ’13
Research Assistant, Wilder Foundation
Valeng Cha ’95
Associate Vice President of Institutional Philanthropy, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Jen Stockwell ’05
Senior Development Officer, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Jenny Kramm ’08
Strategic Services Consultant, MAP for Nonprofits
Steph Jacobs ’03
Deputy Director of the Public & Nonprofit Leadership Center, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota
Sarah Berke ’03
Director of Business Strategy & Community Partnerships, Minnesota Housing Partnership
Matthew Toburen ’04
Public Policy Director, Minnesota AIDS Project
Jill Davies ’04
Grocery Social Responsibility Lead, Target
Greg Bohrer ’07
Senior Manager of Agriculture and Environment Program, Environmental Initiative
Kaia Johnson ’01
Social Media Coordinator and Videographer, Minnesota Department of Health
Amy Stetzel ’01
Project Manager, Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness