Curriculum Vitae (December
3022 Christopher Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21214
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Daniel Sturm is a researcher, writer, monitoring,
evaluation and learning professional. With senior-level expertise in
evaluation, presenting, publishing,
proposal writing, policy research and nonprofit training, 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 international supervisory
experience in the U.S. and in Germany.He is a member of the Urban Institute’s
Vice President for
Learning, Measurement and Evaluation, Maryland Food Bank, 03/2021
Current (Baltimore, MD)
Director of Research and Impact Analysis, United Way of Central
Maryland , September 2019 -Present (Baltimore,
development and support the use of tools, strategies, and processes to
enable data to drive results at the Maryland Food Bank. Provide
subject-matter expertise and hands-on leadership in data collection,
analysis, reporting, and evaluation that supports a culture of
organizational learning and innovation. Serve as the primary point
person to accelerate the organization’s growth in measurement,
learning, and evaluation.
Evaluation—Identify key areas for evaluation and measurement
with a focus on pilots and programs; Influence the use of the
organization’s databases, data systems, and data measurement tools to
ensure the delivery of useful, high-quality, and timely information;
Conduct analysis and create actionable insights and visualizations
that support strategic initiatives. Member of the Urban Institute’s
creating an organizational culture in which data can be systematically
used to drive decision-making. Create ongoing training that offers
support to staff in how to best utilize measurement to improve
performance; Establish standard methods to track and analyze feedback
from the Maryland Food Bank's Network Partners and clients regarding
the effectiveness of the food bank’s programs and
- Program Development and
Evaluation—Provide research support for development of new
and ongoing improvement of current programs; Review and summarize
research on best-practices, emerging national models and innovative
new programs; Present analysis/research summaries through white papers
and presentations to leadership; Inform ongoing program development,
strategic planning and investment decisions.
- Survey Analysis and Needs
Assessments—Continuously monitor research, promising practices
and practitioner resources relevant to direct service work, and assess
client and community needs. Recent examples include a zip-code level
analysis of food assistance needs, and an impact survey designed to
assess the socioeconomic and organizational impacts of the pandemic
(148 nonprofit groups participated in the survey).
- Grant Seeking Support & Grant
Development—Provide research support about innovative
funding models and their requirements; Research new grant
opportunities with an emphasis on state and federal grants; Provide
research and writing support for grant proposals, in areas such as:
the development of a statement of need; and best-practices research to
support programmatic approaches.
- Return on Investment
Analysis—Work with program staff to conduct ROI analysis
for primary initiatives, and develop presentations to staff and Board
Evaluation and Resource Manager, Migration and Refugee Services, United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops , March 2010-May 2019 (Washington,
Consultancy: Headquarters MEAL Officer,
International Orthodox Christian
Charities (Baltimore, MD), March-June
Leadership — Senior Management Team member. Established
successful national community engagement initiative (POWR), secured
$5.5M in funding, elevated research, evaluation and learning across a
network of 70+ local affiliates.
Monitoring and Evaluation – Developed a statistical tool, Resettlement
Indicators and Performance Evaluation to capture newcomer
integration and program performance outcomes across all major grants,
including the DHHS/ORR Matching Grant, Preferred Communities and DOS
Reception and Placement grants. The RIPE
report included qualitative and quantitative analysis of 20
socioeconomic, health and service capacity
Proposal Writing and Grant
Reporting – Contributed content to several successful
multi-million dollar proposals with DOS, ACF/HHS, as well as
privately-funded projects. Regular reporting on multiple grants and
New Initiatives – Development of new innovative
initiatives and programs, including the USCCB/MRS Parishes Organized
to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Program, securing $5.5 million in private
Outreach and Training – Lead organizer of 14 successful national
immigration conferences with personal participation in more than 60
webinars and conference workshops.
Publishing, Presenting, Training – Lead organizer of 14
successful national immigration conferences with personal
participation in more than 60 webinars and conference workshops. Conducted impact analysis,
developed presentations and white papers. Shared best practices to
improve immigrant program services.
— Developed an
agencywide results framework to measure progress against global
indicators, as well as faith-based and project-specific data
Proposal Writing and Grant Reporting – Contributed content to several
successful multi-million-dollar proposals with USAID, OFDA, OCHA, DKH,
UNICEF. Regular M&E report contributions.
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 relief work.
Beneficiary Impact – Completed a 2017 beneficiary
study to capture the reach and impact of IOCC’s humanitarian aid work
across 15 country operations.
DHHS-ORR National Consultant, Lutheran Immigration
an Refugee Service, RefugeeWorks,
2007-2010 (Baltimore, MD)
Monitoring and Evaluation—Developed systems to measure self-sufficiency
outcomes for CBOs.
National Publications – Managed the production of RefugeeWorks (renamed Higher
Advantage) nationally circulated publications, including a
quarterly newsletter, website, electronic listserv, and white paper
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. Collaborated with the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement on
technical assistance and curriculum development projects.
Proposal Development – Developed proposals for grants and projects,
including federal and private donors.
Journalism Professor, Department of English,
Youngstown State University
, 2004-2007 (Youngstown,
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
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
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,
- 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
Staff Writer, Regional and National Media (Tübingen,
Leipzig, Bonn-Germany), 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
: The Leipzig City
Journalism – 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,
M.A. in German Literature and Linguistics
(Minor in Anthropology of Religion), University of
Journalism Training Fellowship, Institut zur Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses,
German B.A. (Abitur), Nellenburg-Gymnasium ,
2021. Daniel Sturm. “Do
Pandemic Benefits Decrease Demand for Charitable Food?” Maryland Food
Bank Research Report. Decsember 2021
2021. Daniel Sturm. “The Family Center at United Way’s
Neighborhood Zone in Brooklyn Analysis of Benefits and Return on
2020. Daniel Sturm. “The Effects of COVID-19 on
Maryland Nonprofits and the Communities They Serve.” United Way of Central Maryland. https://uwcm.uppurpose.com/reports
2020. Daniel Sturm. “Mental Health Impact of
COVID-19.” United Way of Central Maryland.
2018. Daniel Sturm, Refugee Research Blog discussing research in international migration and
2017. Daniel Sturm. “Resettlement Indicators and
Performance Evaluation.” Impact Evaluation. United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services. https://tinyurl.com/dx6h223v
2017. Daniel Sturm. “Measuring Refugee
Integration–The International Context.” In: OCHA’s Coordinated
Assessment Support Section (CASS), Analytical Framework Review Report, 2017
Research Blog discussing labor and migration research data and best
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)
2008. Daniel Sturm, “A Difficult Adjustment: Iraqi
Refugees Search for Work In Detroit.” Anthropology
News, October Issue2008. http://www.sturmstories.com/an.2008.49.7.59.pdf
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
1996. Das Bild des Islam und des Buddhismus.
Eine empirische Untersuchung. ZfR-Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft. 04:
1998-2017. An archive of my
English-language publications is available at
SELECTED COACHING &
Presenter, “The Maryland Hunger Map—Data
Visualization of Food Hardship, Housing Instability, Unemployment, and
Organizational Impact in ArcGIS.” MD Food Access Response Team Webinar,
July 15, 2021. https://youtu.be/qK2dYm1OtfQ
Presenter, “Our Work and How to Talk About It—Lowering the Barriers for Low-Wage Earners: The
Benefits Cliffs Study, United Way of Central Maryland, Learning Session
#4, November 9, 2020
Presenter, “ALICE and the Benefits Cliff: The
Challenges Facing Maryland’s Working Families.” Maryland Nonprofits and
Maryland Philanthropy Network, Oct. 27, 2020. https://www.marylandphilanthropy.org/events/alice-and-benefits-cliff-challenges-facing-maryland-s-working-families
Presenter, “Our Work and How to Talk About It—Research & Impact Analysis”, United Way of Central
Maryland, Learning Session #1, August 13, 2020
Presenter, “Maximizing Volunteer Contributions,”
Justice or Immigrants Conference, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
Dec. 6, 2018
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, “Our Approach
to Ensuring Accountability to Affected Populations.” United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services. Webinar
Presentation, Jan. 25, 2018.
Presenter, “Lessons Learned from the POWR Program – A USCCB/MRS
National Volunteer Initiative ,” All-Staff Presentation, Feb.
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
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,
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.
“ 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.
presenter, “Unlocking the Power of Volunteers,” for USCCB/Migration and
Refugee Services’ National Migration
Conference in Washington, DC, July
presenter, “Promising Practices in Refugee Employment: Research and
Resources,” for Migration and Refugee Services’ National Migration
Conference in Washington, DC, July
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
presenter, “ Unlocking the Power of
Volunteers: The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees Program
.” Catholic Charities USA Webinar Series, Aug. 27,
Webinar presenter, “Effective Communication” for USCCB/MRS
Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Grant Network, Sept. 26,
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
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.
correspondence live from Palestine, WKBN Newsradio, Youngstown,
Ohio, July 2006
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,
Featured author at the Leipzig Book Fair’s televised
roundtable discussion, for my co-authored book, Stadiongeschichten (Stadium Stories), April
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 Urban Institute’s Project Measure4Change
Advisory Council, 2021-current.
Member of the International Rescue Committee’s Monitoring and
Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project Working Group,
helping NGOs improve capacity to collect meaningful data.
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
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
1st Place, Media City
Multimedia Journalism Fellow,
Haus Busch Hagen.
fellowship, Institut zur
American Evaluation Association
Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local
Communities, Refugees & Forced Migration Hub
Writer's Union / International Federation of Journalists
Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen
Nachwuches , German Catholic Bishops Conference Alumni
European Union Resettlement Practitioners
Expert knowledge of ArcGIS, MS Office, MS
Excel, MS Teams, Qualtrics, STATA, SPSS, SurveyMonkey, Canvas, Tableau,
Zoom, Adobe Dreamweaver, Acrobat DC, Acrobat Illustrator, Adobe Connect,
Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Kofax Power PDF, CVent, GoToMeeting, Google
Classroom, G Suite, QuarkXPress, Relias LMS, Salesforce, SharePoint,
Ultimate Software, WordPress.
French, Italian and Latin,
Spanish, Russian, basic.