College of Arts and Sciences
MNPL Alumni

Alumni @ Work

  • Gary Davis, Class of 2010

    Deputy Director
    Companis

    Davis

    "The personal and professional growth I experienced in the MNPL program broadened my horizons, my perspective, and my sense of worth to the community. The cohort model, taught by the region's top nonprofit leaders, offers the most valuable, real-world education and training available. It mirrors what I know to be true about agencies that successfully meet and even exceed their mission: it's all about relationships.  The program presented me with new insights into my skills, style and leadership. The connections I made at Seattle U., especially my fellow cohort members, continue to be a source of support and strength today."

    Jessie Irwin-Hooper, Class of 2012

    Director of Marketing and Communications
    Wellspring Family Services

    Irwin-Hooper

    "The MNPL experience made a profound impact on my personal and professional development. After spending the first five years of my career in the corporate sector, I knew that I wanted to make a transition to nonprofit work full-time. The program helped me develop a powerful toolkit, giving me the confidence I needed to transition from a management role in corporate marketing and communications, to launching a career in the nonprofit sector. During the program, I found a deeper sense of purpose, confidence, and commitment to my values and to my work. Beyond the course curriculum, the knowledge that I gained and relationships forged with my cohort members was invaluable."

    Lydia Jurcys, Class of 2009

    Assessment and Program Development Specialist
    Powerful Schools

    Jurcys

    "The MNPL program inherently embodies Seattle University's mission of empowering leaders for a more just and humane world. The faculty, the organizations, the cohort of students naturally create a community working to impact positive change. The program intentionally fosters a reflective practice—encouraging students to focus on their core values and beliefs, recognize how these are inherently connected to the work they do, and apply this to strengthening and embodying leadership qualities. The program not only prepared me to take on this work; but also to lead conversations and efforts around measuring organizational impact in a deeper and more quantifiable way."

    Mark Manuel, Class of 2013

    Director of Diversity
    The Overlake School

    Mark Manuel

    "For years I have been successful in my non-profit work through best guesses and gut feelings. Operating this way can be stressful and trying. This program has given me a solid foundation that has bolstered my confidence and a skill set grounded in best practices and learning research methods. What I most appreciate about the MNPL program are the instructors who put in time to create classes that are well thought out and engaging. We have had access to incredible guest speakers that are forerunners in the field and have created invaluable networks with seasoned nonprofit leaders."