M Powered Strategies Welcomes the AMPs of Fall 2012

Posted in AMP Program / Department of Transportation on October 15, 2012

In response to client demand, the M Powered Strategies Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program kicked off its first fall season on October 1st. As a result of three summers of excellent work and superior deliverables from our AMPs at the Office of Information Technology and Shared Services at the Department of Transportation, a new group of AMPs has come in this fall. They will be working with our partner ActioNet to support Quality Assurance, Audit Support, Customer Advocacy Management, Network Services, Desktop Engineering, and Incident Management teams.

Alessandra Colia, the director of the M Powered Strategies AMP Program is excited about the new trend. “This is the direction we have been planning to move in for some time, due to high demand from students and clients alike. Our fall AMPs have impressive and diverse backgrounds. Above all they share a passion for making government better.” The AMPs hail from all over the country, including the nation’s top graduate programs at George Mason University, The George Washington University, School for International Training, and the University of California at San Diego.

Nic Turrentine

Nic Turrentine

Nic Turrentine (Team Lead) is excited to take on the new challenge as Team Lead for the Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program at the Department of Transportation. Nic has worked for M Powered Strategies since May 2011 and has supported projects within the agencies of Health and Human Services, U.S. Forest Service, and Veterans Affairs.  For the past two summers, Nic has been actively involved in the AMP Program as a mentor and trainer.  He is looking forward to working with the AMPs and further strengthening our relationship with our DOT and ActioNet partners.
Marc-Anthony Isaacs

Marc-Anthony Isaacs

An interest in both civil service and private sector finance/consulting led Marc-Anthony Isaacs to M Powered Strategies.  A native of the Southside of Chicago, Marc attended Carleton College in Minnesota where he received his B.A. in Chinese language and literature. After a couple of extended tours in Asia, and after completing his first M.A. in Chinese studies, Marc earned a second Masters degree from  the University of California, San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). His focus was on international management with particular attention placed on China and Japan.
Kiya Kassa

Kiya Kassa

Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Kiya Kassa received his BA in International Affairs from Georgetown University in 2010. After concluding his undergraduate studies, Kiya traveled to his parent’s native country of Ethiopia. He spent 6 months in the capital city of Addis Ababa working on a project to introduce a new marketing strategy for the International Leadership Institute. Kiya is currently enrolled in George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution program and expects to receive his MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in the fall of 2013. When he is not in the library or at work, Kiya enjoys spending quality time with friends and family and discussing changing global trends.
Maria Mejia

Maria Mejia

Growing up globally (she has lived in over 7 countries), Maria Mejia developed a keen interest in sustainability and civic engagement. She recently completed a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, International Policy and Management from SIT Graduate Institute in Washington, DC. During her time there she worked with international organizations such as Pact, Just Associates, and the Sao Paulo-based CSR consultancy organization, Ethos Institute. Prior to grad school, Maria served in Peace Corps Guatemala, working as a Sustainable Community Tourism Facilitator. She received her B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies Track from the University of Central Florida.
Emily Sherrod

Emily Sherrod

An Alabama native, Emily Sherrod is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School, with a focus on Urban Policy and Management. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Communication, Emily served with AmeriCorps*VISTA at a disadvantaged elementary school in Charleston, SC, where she primarily worked in programs management and fundraising. Most recently, Emily interned in the membership and development departments of Slow Food USA and helped with their $5 Challenge. In her free time, Emily can often be found cooking at home, exploring DC parks with her dog, or trying to tackle dishes on Washington’s 40 Essential Eats list.
Luke Ventura

Luke Ventura

Luke Ventura is a recent graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at The George Washington University, with a focus in Social Justice and Humanitarian Aid.  While attending GW, he worked as a Research and Program Assistant at Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia, and interned for U.S. Rep. Tim Holden (PA).  Before attending GW, he earned a BA in Elementary and Special Education at La Salle University in Philadelphia, was chosen as a Founding Teacher at Washington DC’s first all-boys public charter school, and helped manage a small business.   He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served for two years in Thailand’s Teacher Collaboration and Community Outreach Project.  In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, jogging, loud music, and travel.

Meet the 2012 AMPs!

In June, the Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program entered into our 4th summer session. This year was our most competitive application process yet, and our 9 AMPs hail from five different universities from coast to coast! Their placements are at the Department of Transportation and the Department of Veterans Affairs, agencies which have now supported AMPs for multiple years in a row. When they’re not busy with client delivery, they are developing three M Powered Strategies corporate projects and attending trainings. Excursions, executive luncheons, and corporate receptions round out their jam-packed summer. Please join us for their closing reception on August 14th to celebrate a summer of accomplishments!

AMPs at the DOT: Office of the Chief Information Officer Team

Lauren Miles Lauren Miles (Team Lead) A Michigan native, Lauren earned her B.A. in Secondary Education & History with a minor in Social Sciences from Western Michigan University. Upon graduation, she accepted a teaching position in Prince William County. For the past eight years, Lauren has been teaching Government & Sociology to high school seniors. Last year, Lauren completed her M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding at California State University-Dominguez Hills. After obtaining her masters, Lauren began to look for new ways to use her education and experience in teaching/training, which brought her to M Powered Strategies.  She is very excited to be using her skills and expertise to assist and support her team of AMPs at the DOT. In her free time, Lauren enjoys attending sporting events, spending time with friends, and enjoying everything DC has to offer.
Leland Butisbauch Leland Butisbauch is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), where he focused on Asia-Pacific security, environmental policy, and China. Leland has applied his IR/PS skillset in numerous professional endeavors, including working as a Program Assistant within the Strategic Partnerships Directorate at U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), researching the relationship between climate change and conflict at the Center for Environmental and National Security (CENS) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, serving as a Senior Official Liaison Officer for the U.S. Department of State at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3), and assuming the role of Treasurer and board member of the International Clean Tech Initiative student group at IR/PS. Prior to graduate school Leland worked as a foreign instructor in Japan via the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Leland graduated magna cum laude from William Jessup University in 2008, where he majored in Intercultural Studies and Theology.
Patrick Hennigan Patrick Hennigan is currently a Master in Pacific International Affairs candidate at the school of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and in 2006 he graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Political Science and a BA in History. Prior to starting graduate school he worked as an English teacher for nearly four years in South Korea and Japan. At UCSD he is focusing on Public Policy and China and enjoys his responsibilities as a student leader. Having never lived on the east coast, Patrick is very excited to experience work and life in the nation’s capital this summer. As for hobbies, he enjoys watching and playing sports and traveling to foreign countries.
Nicole Stratton Nicole Stratton is a graduate student at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she is concentrating on program evaluation and social entrepreneurship. Nicole’s past experience includes working as a community organizer in Minneapolis, MN; graduating from the University of Minnesota with a focus in public policy and international relations; serving as Executive Assistant to Congressman Keith Ellison; and working on program and volunteer management at the Taproot Foundation in New York City. Nicole is a proud Wisconsinite and can often be found buying cheese at the local farmer’s market.
Noah Van Gilder Noah Van Gilder is a recent graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at the George Washington University, concentrating in policy analysis and management. Before attending GW, he earned his bachelor’s degree in natural resources at Cornell University and spent three years working as a government relations assistant for the Nature Conservancy. He has also been an intern for the federal Office of Management and Budget, BlueGreen Alliance, and the National Audubon Society. Noah is an avid singer in his free time and has been an active performer and volunteer for the Alexandria Harmonizers chorus, including two years of service on its Board of Directors.
Graeme Wood Graeme Wood is a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego School of Pacific and International Affairs (IR/PS), where he is focusing on International Development and Latin America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.  As an undergraduate he researched and studied politics in Washington D.C., at the UC Washington Center, and he also studied the history of the Andean region, in Cuzco, Peru.

 AMPs at VA: Information Technology Resource Management (ITRM) Team

Jenny Weng Jenny Weng (Team Lead) is excited to reprise her role as a Team Lead for the Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program. This summer, she is working at the Department of Veterans Affairs and managing three projects for Information Technology Resource Management (ITRM) to identify and document the unfunded request process, improve business customer satisfaction, as well as strengthen relationship between vendors and the agency. Jenny looks forward to working with AMPs from across the nation and hopes for another summer of fun and success.
John Bova John Bova is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies, John spent four years with Peace Corps El Salvador, namely supporting the Municipal Development program as a volunteer, trainer, and coordinator. Most recently, John worked at the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children headquartered in Philadelphia as their Vice President of Central Operations. As a native of Dallas, TX, John looks to embrace the summer heat exploring the many hike and bike trails in DC/NoVa.
Kevin Stahler Kevin Stahler is currently a master’s candidate in the International Relations and Pacific Studies program at UC San Diego specializing in public policy and economics.  Prior to his time in sunny San Diego, Kevin studied at slightly-less-sunny UC Berkeley where he graduated with highest honors in History, and afterwards moved to Tokyo, Japan to live and work for three years.  In what free time he can spare, Kevin loves to read, write, and travel the world.   For all his love of jet-setting, however, this will be Kevin’s first extended stay on the East Coast and he hopes to have the D.C. lingo down in no time.
Niki Virani Niki Virani is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She works as Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal (LBJ Journal), and as a teaching assistant at the McCombs School of Business. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2007 with a major in finance, she has worked as an analyst at Johnson & Johnson and Lockheed Martin, where she specialized in enterprise resource planning. Originally from California, Niki moved to Texas last year to attend the LBJ School, and is looking forward to a summer in Washington, DC.
Ariana Zeno Ariana Zeno is currently pursuing dual Masters degrees in City Planning with a concentration in Community and Economic Development and Social Work with a macro focus at the University of Pennsylvania. She is presently the editor of the Link, the Department of City Planning’s newsletter, and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly representative for the School of Design’s student council. Prior to graduate school, Ariana lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and upon return to the U.S. worked as a bilingual paralegal at an immigration law firm and at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity for low income communities and communities of color in the Bay Area. Originally from California, Ariana graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in American and African American studies. In addition to her studies, Ariana is an avid traveler, a murder mystery champion, and proud mother of a bilingual Argentine kitty.

Team Update: Department of Transportation

Posted in Department of Transportation / Team Updates on September 30, 2010

Department of Transportation sealAt the Department of Transportation, Jamie McAllister and Katie Willoughby performed cutting edge work as part of the upgrade of Remedy CRM–a major software upgrade affecting the entire support organization. Because issue resolution is the primary concern for the IT Support organization, providing the right information at the right time for support staff is critical. Jamie and Katie worked tirelessly to create something that had never existed at DOT—a comprehensive library of common support issues and their resolutions. These were developed as templates in Remedy so that support staff needs only to type in a key word, and the appropriate resolution instructions will appear and lead the user through a step-by-step process to fix the problem. The project closed on September 30th, but the impact will continue in DOT’s Infrastructure for years to come.