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With MPA students from wide-ranging experiences, diversified walks of life, and far-reaching geographies, our program thrives on the talent and perspective that each individual brings to the classroom. Please view the names below to meet a few of our many exemplary students who make up the MPA program.
Matthew Elbert was born and raised in Grand Forks, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. Elbert also holds undergraduate degrees in History and Geography from UND. During his time as an undergraduate, Matt competed for UND on the Track and Field team for four years, earning letters, and was involved in variety of student organizations across campus. In addition to his post-graduate study, Elbert has interned for the City of Grand Forks Area Transit department, UND, and other companies engaging his skills as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst and creating maps. Matt hopes to integrate his technical background into the field of public administration with a career in urban planning and development. Passionate about music, Elbert also plays the guitar in bands around the area spanning multiple genres and styles.
Nicholas Mostardo is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. A distance student, Mostardo, is a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently works in the Finance Department of a suburban municipality, focusing on budgets, the Village tax levy, and procurement. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Benedictine University and his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, where he studied Public Law and Research Methodology.
Mostardo enrolled in the UND MPA program in 2013 and plans on earning his degree in May, 2016. He intends to use his expanded education to continue developing as a professional in the field of local government management. He hopes to one day earn a position as a village or city manager. In his free time, Mostardo enjoys home improvement projects and contributing to his community as an elected commissioner on his local park district board.
Nick Jensen is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration. After growing up in Grand Forks, Nick attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth graduating in 2004. Not willing to settle down, Nick left his sales job in New York City to lead foreign tourists on weeks-long, cross-country, camping trips. During the winter, he would feed his passion for skiing in Aspen, CO. After four years in the wilderness, as his wife says, he married a British citizen and resumed his sales career in London, England. Being in Europe allowed him to visit cultures from Morocco, Egypt, throughout Europe and cross off his bucket list of seeing gorillas in the wild. Still feeling the pull of the open road, Nick and his wife traveled for five months through Asia and Australia before settling back into Grand Forks. Now the Major Gifts Officer for the Community Violence Intervention Center, Nick works to raise the annual $3 million budget and a $2.8 million capital campaign for a new shelter. In the past year, he founded a startup company, Commercial Event Services, working with University of North Dakota Athletics among other clients. Nick also is a founding organizer of 1 Million Cups – Grand Forks, which brings local entrepreneurs and community leaders together every Wednesday to discuss how Grand Forks can continue to grow.
Luke Welle was born in Bemidji, MN. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus in public policy from Bemidji State University. After completing his degree, Luke began an internship for the Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC) located in Bemidji. In addition to his internship, Luke worked as a research assistant for the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota collaborating with Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to study municipal sustainability policies in Northwest Minnesota. Following his research assistantship and internship he was hired at HRDC as a Planning Technician.
Currently, Luke is enrolled in the MPA program at the University of North Dakota, where he expects to graduate in May 2016. He also serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Political Science department.