It's so great to read all the messages about what folks have been doing during these past years! I graduated from CIE in 2001 and returned to Latvia to work as a director of an innovative Education department at the Liepaja City Council (a city of 100,000 people on the Baltic Sea coast). This position involved advancing educators' ideas, acting as a liaison between businesses, the federal and local governments, and educators, as well as submitting improvements for legislation. While there, we designed a project and received a grant for Muskie graduates to support women entrepreneurs in Liepaja. I also had a chance to work on a contract with the United Nations to evaluate a national project: *Coordinated Support to Young People's Health and Development* (where all the long hours spent on program evaluation in Prof. Alberto Arena's classes became in handy).


In 2004, life brought me back to the US and I had an opportunity to join a team as a research analyst at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois. We have just moved to be closer to friends and family and to start life anew in the Wild West (i.e., Berkeley, CA). While I miss dearly all of my former colleagues and stomping grounds in Chicago, I am ecstatic to be living near my great friends and former classmates at CIE, Phoebe and Mary. [12-08]



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