This summer the Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program has grown and flourished in more ways than one. Our ten AMPs from four universities are working hard on six projects in three different offices! In addition to their client delivery, they are developing three corporate projects for marketing, business development, and corporate giving. Squeezing in some time for trainings, excursions, and networking happy hours has not been easy, as these AMPs are staying quite busy! With only a few weeks left, it feels like this the summer has flown by. Please join us for their closing reception on August 8 to celebrate a summer of accomplishments!
AMPs at the VA: Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Team
An AMP in our 2009 program, Jenny Weng has returned to M Powered Strategies this summer to serve as AMP Team Lead for the VLER team at the VA. One group is busy interviewing staff and contractors as part of their efforts to research, analyze, and create a process map of the current contractor onboarding process. The team will ultimately provide recommendations to improve the onboarding process by addressing two main challenges: time and communication. Meanwhile, another group of AMPs is interviewing program managers to research and analyze the VLER budget process. They will provide both short- and long-term recommendations to overcome challenges in standardizing and streamlining the budget process.
Ethan Palmer is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at the Trachtenberg School of George Washington University, where he is concentrating in Public-Private Policy and Management and Federal Policy, Politics, and Management. Prior to graduate school, Ethan attended Brandeis University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Politics and French and Francophone Studies. Ethan has interned for Congressman Chris Murphy and with the Institute for Policy Studies and was a graduate assistant for the Trachtenberg School this past year.
Rachel Brody is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate with a concentration in Program Evaluation at the Trachtenberg School of the George Washington University. She works as the managing editor of the academic journal, Policy Perspectives. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 with a double major in Spanish and Political Science, she served as an adviser with the National College Advising Corps helping under-served youth plan and apply to college. Most recently, she worked as a graduate fellow at the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Alexandra Reames just completed her first year at the University of California San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) with a focus on development and economics within Latin America. Prior to IR/PS, Alex worked at the International Rescue Committee assisting refugees to find employment in San Diego. This included resume development and interview coaching. She completed her undergraduate degree in Global Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she played club volleyball and won a national championship. She also interned at Segue Career Path Mentors, a nonprofit in Ventura, where she specialized in grant writing.
Courtney Gleason is an Arlington native who is currently working on her Master of Business Administration at Virginia Tech (VT) with a concentration in Organizational Management and Strategy. A loyal hokie, she also received her Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from VT. At school she is active in student organizations and loves to travel whenever she has the opportunity.
AMPs at the VA: Information Technology Resource Management (ITRM) Team
Our own Nina Babel is serving as AMP Team Lead for the ITRM team at the VA. The AMPs have been working hard to create a new hire guide consisting of department overviews, organizational charts, and logic models that explain the office’s mission and responsibilities. They are also documenting the service level agreement process for the Office of Information and Technology’s (OI&T) data support provider to capture the current process and provide recommendations for improvements.
Aryn Ehlow is a Master of Public Policy candidate at The George Washington University focusing on program evaluation and foreign policy. Before pursuing her masters, she spent three years at Cone Inc., an international communications firm located in Boston, where she assisted in the development and management of national marketing campaigns for clients such as Barbour, Ben & Jerry’s, and Nestle Waters North America. Originally from California, Aryn moved to the East Coast to attend Boston University where she received her bachelor’s degree in international and public relations.
Mark Buckley is a 2011 graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at The George Washington University (GWU). During his studies, Mark completed internships in the policy division of the Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Prior to moving to Washington, DC to attend GWU, Mark spent several years working in the administration at Columbia University in New York. Mark is also a 2003 graduate of Boston College with a degree in History.
AMPs at the DOT: Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Team
An AMP in our 2010 program, Erin Farr has returned to M Powered Strategies this summer to serve as DOT AMP Team Lead. The AMP team at the DOT supports work in four areas within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) IT Support Services (ITSS) office: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Development, Customer Account Management, Asset Management, and Change Management. Highlights of their efforts include work on or completion of nearly 20 SOP’s, asset order filling support, asset database and order form management, communications support, distribution list management, asset verification, and software CI management.
Carl Urness was born and raised in Spokane, WA. In 2010 he graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts double degree in International Studies and Geography. Some highlights of his experience as an undergraduate include researching the business side of non-profits in Thailand and writing about cultural geography in the book Seattle Geographies. On the rare occasions when he can take a break from studying Public Financial Administration at Indiana University he enjoys a good round of disc-golf. Carl is looking forward to a summer in Washington, DC.
Stacey Pollack is currently a student at Indiana University, working to complete her Master of Public Affairs in International Policy Analysis. Prior to graduate school, she worked in program implementation and budget management for a non-profit organization on an international exchange program, where she had the opportunity to interact with high profile leaders from around the globe. In 2007, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Regional Studies. Additionally, she is fluent in Russian and Hebrew, and has also studied Uzbek and Spanish.
Greg Feldman has just completed his first year in the Master of Public Administration Program at The George Washington University. Greg enjoys policy analysis, program evaluation, and leadership. Before joining the AMP Program, he was a government affairs intern for the American Bakers Association and unfortunately he did not get free baked goods every day. Prior to attending The George Washington University, Greg received his B.A. in both political science and economics along with a minor in business from the University of Florida. This is Greg’s first venture living outside of Florida, and he already misses the ability to wear sandals all year.
Elena Foukes is a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego studying Pacific and International Affairs, with a focus on Intentional Economics and China. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Loyola University Chicago. In addition, she has studied in Rome, Italy and Beijing, China. She is very excited to be working for M Powered Strategies this summer in order to get hands on experience in the consulting field. Elena is a native of Detroit, Michigan and enjoys ice-skating and art.