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Curriculum Vitae (November 2018)

ADDRESS
Daniel Sturm
3022 Christopher Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21214
E-mail: Sturm AT sturmstories DOT com

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Daniel Sturm is a monitoring, evaluation and learning expert, communications professional and researcher. With expertise in international migration, program innovation, management, writing and statistical analysis, Mr. Sturm has contributed to empowering marginalized populations and raising organizational excellence. People skills, writing and research savviness make him an asset to any organization attempting to raise its profile and increase program effectiveness. Mr. Sturm has overseen federal, private and nonprofit programs, with first-rate international supervisory experience in the U.S. and in Germany.

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Research, Evaluation and Resource Manager, Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), June 2018-Current

  • Proposal Writing – Co-writer for several multi-million dollar proposals with DOS/PRM and DHHS/ORR and DOJ. Development of new innovative initiatives and programs, including the USCCB/MRS Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Program, securing $5.5 million in private funds.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation – Oversee data collection and compliance monitoring across several federal grants and produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports demonstrating the agency’s effectiveness and performance.
  •  Data Analysis Developed a new statistical tool, Resettlement Indicators and Performance Evaluation (RIPE), to better capture performance outcomes across all major grants, including the DHHS/ORR Matching Grant, Preferred Communities and DOS Reception and Placement grants.
  • Outreach and Training – Lead organizer of 14 successful national immigration conferences with personal participation in more than 50 webinars and conference workshops.
  • Publications – Increase the visibility of USCCB success stories through the bi-monthly POWR Post Newsletter.

Headquarters MEAL Officer, International Orthodox Christian Charities (Baltimore, MD), , March-June 2018

  • Quality Assurance – Responsible for managing the quality assurance of all of IOCC’s monitoring and evaluation activities to ensure that they are compliant with IOCC’s policies and the current norms and standards governing development and humanitarian interventions.
  • Beneficiary Survey – Completed a 2017 beneficiary study to capture the reach and impact of IOCC’s humanitarian aid work across 11 country operations.
  • Results Framework – Developed an agency-wide results framework to measure progress against global indicators, as well as faith-based and project-specific data points.
  • Learning Library – Developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Learning Library that provides access to hands-on learning materials for humanitarian aid workers, with the goal of maximizing the positive impact of aid/relief work.

Research and Evaluation Manager, Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.) , March 2010 - March 2018

  • Monitoring and Evaluation – Oversee data collection and compliance monitoring across several federal grants and produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports demonstrating the agency’s effectiveness and performance.
  •  Research Collaborations – Develop research collaborations with social scientists, including Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University’s Center for Forced Migration Studies.
  • Research Blog – Edit a community of practice to track relevant research in a recently established blog, https://refugeeresearchblog.wordpress.com
  • Volunteerism – Administer a multimillion-dollar grant to assist local affiliates in establishing new parish volunteer programs and facilitating peer support. Market success stories through publications and presentations, gather best practices and organize conferences to improve immigrant program services.

Managing Editor and Educational Trainer, LIRS- RefugeeWorks, 2007-2010

  • National Publications – Managed the production of Higher Advantage’s nationally circulated publications, including a quarterly newsletter, website, electronic listserv and white paper series.
  • Research – Researched immigrant employment and recertification solutions and disseminated best practices among voluntary agencies, ethnic community groups and employers.
  • Education —Provided individual technical assistance to refugees, political asylees and other immigrants, as well as human service organizations, job developers, employers, NGOs, and government partners.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation—Offer M&E assistance in projects related to employment performance outcomes.  

Journalism Instructor, Department of English, Youngstown State University , 2004-07

 

  • Adult Education—Taught Professional Writing and Editing, Feature Writing, News Writing and Selected Topics in Journalism. Served on faculty committees and as an advisor for student senior projects for journalism majors.
  • Mentoring—Faculty advisor for the student newspaper, The Jambar, the student poetry journal, The Penguin Review and the YSU student yearbook, Neon. Managed student staff for university publications.
  • Writing—Advised students in developing portfolios, publishing websites, preparing stories and senior projects.

 

Prisoner Advocacy Coordinator and Nonprofit Board Member, 2004- 2007

  • Community Organizing – Worked with renowned civil rights advocates/lawyers Staughton and Alice Lynd and numerous regional grassroots groups, such as the Youngstown Prison Forum, Catholic prison chaplains and ACLU-Ohio, to help coordinate a Northeast Ohio grassroots initiative for prison reform.
  • Communications – Established a popular regional listserv and website for prisoner advocacy (www.prisonersolidarity.org). 

Staff Writer, Lansing City Pulse , 2002-04

Internet Researcher and Managing Editor,Media Tenor International (Bonn and Leipzig, Germany), 2000-02

  • Research – Employed as a social science and media analysis senior researcher and assistant director.
  • Networking & Conference Planning – Networked with scholars in Germany, the U.S. and South Africa and managed a $2.5 million annual budget and research staff of 25.
  • Data Analysis – Conducted quantitative analysis and wrote regular reports for state and corporate clients (such as the City of Leipzig, Daimler Benz and the Green Party).
  • Publishing & Presenting – Served as managing editor for Media Tenor’s weekly e-newsletter and monthly print journal, offering continuous Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). 


Staff Writer, Regional and National Media, 1997-2002

         Worked for German regional and national media, including national daily newspapers such as Die Welt, Berliner Zeitung, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Saarbrücker Zeitung and Südkurier. Chief reporter for Kreuzer : The Leipzig City Magazine.

         Specialized on in-depth investigative journalism, concentrating on hard-hitting topics such as immigration, labor, local politics, business scandals and social inequality.


EDUCATION

         Multi-Media Publishing Training Fellowship,Haus Busch , Hagen, Germany.

         M.A. in German Literature and Linguistics (Minor in Anthropology of Religion), University of Tübingen 

        Journalism Training Fellowship, Institut zur Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses, Munich.

         German B.A. (Abitur), Nellenburg-Gymnasium , Stockach, Germany.


PUBLICATIONS (Selection)
2018. Refugee Research Blog discussing labor and migration research data and best pratices.
2018. USCCB/MRS Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Post Newsletter. 2010-Current (45 Issues)
2010. Agricultural Jobs . - RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 32 (Spring 2010)
2009.
Job Developers
. - RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 31 (Winter 2009)
2009.
Reinventing Yourself
. - RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 30 (Fall 2009)
2009.
Finding Work in Hard Times
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 29 (Summer 2009)
2009.
Green Jobs
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 28 (Spring 2009)
2008.
Im Prozeß der Kultur. Essays, Perspektiven und Entwürfe
. Hamburg: Merus Verlag.
2008.
Hidden Jobs
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 27 (Winter 2008 )
2008.
Social Networking & Peer Mentoring
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 26 (Fall 2008 )
2008.
Healthcare Hotspots
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 25 (Summer 2008 )
2008.
Iraqi Refugees in Focus
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 24 (Spring 2008 )
2007.
Tackling Transportation
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 23 (Winter 2007 )
2002.
Stadiongeschichten. Leipzig zwischen Turnfest, Traumarena und Olympia . Leipzig: Forum-Verlag
(with Cornelia Jeske and Grit Hartmann).
2001-02.
International Research Report
, Medien Tenor No. 97 - No. 110. Bonn/Leipzig: Media Tenor International.
1996.
Das Bild des Islam und des Buddhismus.
Eine empirische Untersuchung. ZfR-Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft. 04: 55-82.
1998-2017. An archive of my English-language publications is available at www.sturmstories.com

SELECTED COACHING & TRAINING
Presenter, “Maximizing Volunteer Contributions,” Justice or Immigrants Conference, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dec. 6, 2018 (in production)
Presenter, “Working Effectively with Volunteers,” for USCCB/MRS Webinar Series, Oct. 30, 2018.
Presenter, “Community Integration,” Catholic Charities USA Refugee AmeriCorps Conference, Sept. 28, 2018.
Presenter, “POWR Tactics,” National Migration Week Webinar, USCCB, Sept. 4, 2018.
Presenter, “The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Policy,” International Orthodox Christian Charities, All-Staff Presentation, April 17, 2018
Presenter, “Lessons Learned from the POWR Program – A USCCB/MRS National Volunteer Initiative,” All-Staff Presentation, Feb. 20, 2018.
Presenter, “Welcoming New Americans through Parish Social Ministry.” CCUSA Webinar, Dec. 5, 2017. Presentation by Daniel Sturm, Research and Evaluation Manager, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Webinar recording or slide show.
Presenter, “Engaging Parishes to Welcome Refugees and Immigrants,” Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering in Houston, Texas, Sept. 30, 2017.
Presenter, “Refugee Resettlement from A to Z,” Catholic Charities USA Refugee AmeriCorps Conference, Sept. 22, 2017.
Presenter, “Building and Sustaining Community Collaborations for Refugee Welcome,” Welcoming America Webinar, Sept. 12, 2017.
Presenter, “ Refugee Community Integration,” World Refugee Day Congressional Briefing, Catholic Charities USA, June 20, 2017
Presenter, “Amerika am Scheideweg: Migration zwischen Abschottung und Willkommenskultur,“ Panel Discussion, City of Freiburg/Carl-Schurz-Haus (Germany), April 12, 2017.
Presenter, “The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program” for Catholic Charities USA AmeriCorps Member Program Conference, Alexandria, Va., Sept. 23, 2016.
Presenter, “Increasing Refugees’ Social Capital Through Community Connections ,” for USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services webinar series, June 22, 2016.
Presenter, “ Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: How to Incorporate Parish Volunteers into Newcomer Integration Initiatives ,” Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) Webinar, March 31, 2016
Workshop presenter, “Using Parish Volunteers in Newcomer Integration Programming,” Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, January 23-26, 2016.
Presenter, “Community Contexts of Resettlement ,” for the Center for Forced Migration Studies’ Forum on “The United States Refugee Resettlement Program: A Global Model for Successful Humanitarian Response.” Northwestern University, Dec. 3, 2015.
Workshop presenter, “Telling a Compelling Client Success Story,” for Higher Advantage National Employment Training Institute in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2014.
Paper presenter, “Unlocking the Power of Volunteers,” for USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services’ National Migration Conference in Washington, DC, July 7-10, 2014.
Paper presenter, “Promising Practices in Refugee Employment: Research and Resources,” for Migration and Refugee Services’ National Migration Conference in Washington, DC, July 7-10, 2014.
Paper presenter, “Unlocking the Power of Volunteers: The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Program,” for the North American Refugee Healthcare Conference in Rochester, NY, June 20, 2014.
Webinar presenter, “ Unlocking the Power of Volunteers: The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees Program .” Catholic Charities USA Webinar Series, Aug. 27, 2013.
Webinar presenter, “Effective Communication” for USCCB/MRS Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Grant Network, Sept. 26, 2012.
Webinar presenter, “Employment Resources and Strategies for Trafficking Survivors” for USCCB/MRS Human Trafficking Sub-Contractor Network, Feb. 3, 2011.
Workshop, “Computer-Assisted Employment Strategies/Resources,” for RefugeeWorks’ Employment Training Institute Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., September 14-18, 2009.
Webinar presenter, “Tackling Job Development in a Difficult Economy,” for IRC/Project Strengthening Organizations Assisting Refugees and Office of Refugee Resettlement Grantees, May 2009.
Paper presenter, “Green Jobs,” for RefugeeWorks’ Employment Training Institute Conference in San Jose, Calif., March 17-19, 2009.
Webinar presenter, “Tackling Transportation,” for Idaho Office of Refugees, Nov. 21, 2008.
Paper presenter, “Recertification for Refugees with Professional Background,” for USCCB/CLINIC National Migration Conference in Washington, D.C., July 28-31, 2008.
Paper presenter, “Healthcare Hotspots: Creating Career Pathways for Refugees,” for the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program Annual Conference Office in Phoenix, Ariz., April 1, 2008
Workshop, “Financial Literacy for Refugees,” World Relief Workshop in Chicago, Jan. 25, 2008.
Paper presenter, “Tackling Transportation,” for the North Carolina Refugee Conference, Atlantic Beach, N.C., Aug. 26-29, 2007.
Radio correspondence live from Palestine, WKBN Newsradio, Youngstown, Ohio, July 2006
Public conference on prison issues , June 10, 2006 at Youngstown State University.
Guest speaker at a public forum, “The Sacred and the Secular: A ‘clash about civilization’? Afterthoughts on the Politics of Danish (and other) Newspapers, ‘Cartoons’ of the Prophet, and World Events,” sponsored by Youngstown State University’s Department of Political Science, April 19, 2006.
Reporter-in-studio for a weekly radio news show on Impact 88.9 FM , East Lansing, Michigan, 2002-03.
Featured author at the Leipzig Book Fair’s televised roundtable discussion, for my co-authored book, Stadiongeschichten (Stadium Stories), April 2002.
Hosted media research workshop at the Media Tenor International Agenda Setting Conference, “Who is Influencing whom?,” Leipzig, Germany, Fall 2000.

MENTORING AND ADVISORY WORK

Member of the International Rescue Committee’s Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project Working Group, helping NGOs improve capacity to collect meaningful data. 11/2016-2018.

Member of the Migration Policy Institute’s National Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Access to Adult Education and Workforce Training Services. May 2015-present.

Member of the Refugee Council USA ’s Post-Arrival Sub-Committee Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation. February 2016-present.

Provide individual job coaching to refugees from Iraq, Burma and Bhutan in Baltimore. 2008-12

Established a popular listserv and website for prisoner advocacy related work (www.prisonersolidarity.org), 2005.

Taught ESL classes through the University of Tübingen’s Department of Applied English Linguistics, 1997


HONORS

1st Place, Media City Leipzig Award..
Multimedia Journalism Fellow,
Haus Busch
Hagen.
Three-year journalism fellowship,
Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen Nachwuches
, Munich.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Evaluation Association

Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, Refugees & Forced Migration Hub
National Writer's Union / International Federation of Journalists
Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen Nachwuches , German Catholic Bishops Conference Alumni Organization
European Union Resettlement Practitioners Network


TECHNICAL SKILLS
Trained in TV journalism, online journalism, radio journalism, documentary film, photo journalism.

Expert knowledge of WordPress, Salesforce, Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, SPSS, Google Suite, MS Office (Access; Excel; PowerPoint; Word), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, DOS, MS SharePoint, CVent, AdobeConnect.

 


FOREIGN LANGUAGES
German and English, fluent.
French, Italian and Latin, intermediate.
Spanish, Russian, basic.