Cliff comes to M Powered Strategies’ PACE Program after completing his Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan, where he worked with a regional socio-economic think tank. There he co-authored a comprehensive tourism development plan in addition to editing and co-writing the organization’s press releases and grant applications. Outside his think tank duties, Cliff taught English to elementary school students as well as professionals, and, in an effort to engage Azerbaijan’s youth in wellness and sport, he acted as commissioner of the Azerbaijan Ultimate Frisbee League. Cliff was also a board member of Community Based Tourism Azerbaijan.
Prior to his Peace Corps service, Cliff worked in brand development and strategic planning for a crowdfunding and neighborhood development startup in New York City. Cliff graduated from Colby College in Maine with dual degrees in International Studies and German. He holds a certificate in business from Columbia University. Cliff is an outdoor enthusiast, a runner and, despite his Texas roots, an ice hockey fan. He is excited to be in DC and looks forward to exploring the capital’s restaurants, neighborhoods, and surrounding area.
Ryne Peterson joins M Powered Strategies after receiving his Master of Public Policy from the Ford School at the University of Michigan. There he focused on organizational management and program evaluation of the public sector. Prior to that he spent three years serving in Peace Corps Moldova, where he was a Community and Organizational Development consultant, working with local governments, non-governmental organizations, and businesses. Much of his work involved proposal and grant writing, as well as project design, implementation, and management. He is fluent in Romanian and functional in Russian. Ryne has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, with a concentration in qualitative and quantitative analytics. A Chicago native, Ryne is excited to explore all that DC has to offer.
On January 22nd, M Powered Strategies (MPS) held the closing and certificate ceremony for PACE Cohort 5 – the largest PACE cohort to date – at the Shakespeare Theatre in downtown DC. After six intense months of high-quality client delivery work, along with rigorous training and coaching, MPS was proud to present all seven graduates with their ANSI-accredited PREP certificates. In attendance were MPS staff as well as executives and colleagues from our partner firms.
We are pleased to announce that most of the Cohort – Semir Hasedzic, Jessica Nielsen, Dominique Tillman, Brian Wenzler, and Aidan Wojtech – will be staying on with MPS for the short- and long-term. To Garrett Lance, who will continue to work at our partner firm, Sprezzatura, and to Heidi Obermeyer,who has joined the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, we wish the very best. Congratulations again to all of our recent graduates!
As Cohort 5 transitions out, PACE Cohort 6, which has been underway since November 2014, is approaching its midpoint. Cohort 7 will kick off at the end of February. For more information about the PACE Program, please contact Nicole Baillis, PREP Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.