MNPL Alumni

As a graduate of MNPL, you are a member of a network of more than 350 alumni who are working to transform organizations and communities around the world. We value your insights, and are interested in your continued engagement.

Here are some ways that you can be involved:

  • Stay in touch! Update us on your personal and professional milestones. 
  • Provide current students with opportunities: Identify a practicum or capstone opportunity for a student at your organization.
  • Serve as a connector or mentor: Join the resource list of alumni contacts for MNPL students who want to expand their networks.
  • Tell your story: Share your experiences and perspectives at an information session, graduate event or an article in our newslettter.
  • Support emerging leaders: Make a contribution to our scholarship fund.
  • Connect online: Like us on Facebook and join our LinkedIn group.

We'd love to hear from you. 

Thank you,

Maureen Emerson Feit

Noreen Elbert


Gary Davis, Class of 2010

Executive Director

"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

"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

"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

Diversity Outreach and Engagement Program Administrator
City of Bellevue

"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."


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