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Curriculum Vitae (July 2017)

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


Daniel Sturm is a labor and migration expert, educator, communications professional and researcher. With expertise in 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.

Research and Evaluation Manager, Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops , 2010-present

  • Analyzes data trends of refugee resettlement sites, research and publish evidence-based practice concepts and practice to advance employment outcomes, program capacity and grant compliance.
  • Edits a community of practice to track refugee research.
  • Provide technical assistance to program affiliates related to assisting clients achieve economic success.
  • Develops research collaborations with social scientists and researchers, including Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University’s Center for Forced Migration Studies.
  • Administers a multimillion-dollar capacity building grant to assist local affiliates in establishing new social service capacity, intensify community engagement efforts and facilitate peer support. Markets success stories through publications and presentations.
  • Oversees financial reports, performance and statistical reporting related to improving performance in government grants.
  • Manages projects that develop resources for the refugee service network (83 affiliated organizations), develops new partnerships, and oversees the preparation of proposals. Follow-up with affiliates to monitor for compliance and excellence.
  • Coordinates the development of the unit’s strategic planning goals and takes a lead role in resettlement services proposal development and program management activities.
  • USCCB deployment to research socio-economic adjustment of Syrian, Iraqi and Eritrean refugees resettled to Germany. Focus group interviews with refugees, NGO stakeholders including Caritas, Diakonie, Pro Asyl, Save Me Campaign and public officials (Report in Progress).

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

         Managed the production of RefugeeWorks’ nationally circulated publications, including a quarterly newsletter, website, electronic listserv and white paper series.

         Researched refugee employment and recertification solutions and disseminated best practices among voluntary agencies, ethnic community groups and employers.

         Provided individual technical assistance to U.S. refugee resettlement staff and government partners.

Assistant Professor, Department of English,
Youngstown State University , 2004-07

         Taught four courses per semester in the subjects of Professional Writing and Editing, Feature Writing, News Writing and Selected Topics in Journalism. Served on faculty committees and served as a committee member on numerous student senior projects for journalism majors.

         Worked as a faculty advisor for the student newspaper, The Jambar. Managed student staff of 25 contributing writers and editorial staff.

Staff Writer, Lansing City Pulse, 2002-04

         Researched and bylined one cover story per month for this alternative newsweekly that follows a traditional AP style.

         Stories picked up by other outlets include "Fighting Factory Farms ," "Sacred Inspectors and America's Weapons of Mass Descrution" sand "Anthrax Scare at MSU leaves long-term scars ," "Inside Sparty's Third Reich Roots,"  "GM - Fatal Handshake?", and Living with the Legacy of “Racial Hygiene.”

Internet Researcher and Managing Editor,
Media Tenor International, 2000-02

         Employed as a social science and media analysis senior researcher and assistant director.

         Networked with scholars in Germany, the U.S. and South Africa and managed a $2.5 million annual budget and research staff of 25.

         Conducted quantitative analysis and wrote regular reports for state and corporate clients (such as the City of Leipzig, Daimler Benz and the Green Party). Served as the managing editor for Media Tenor’s weekly e-newsletter and monthly print journal.

Staff Writer, Regional and National Media, 1986-2002

         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.


         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.

ESL Instructor, 1994-1998

      •      ESL teacher at  the University of Tübingen’s Department of Applied English Linguistics.

Editorial Staff Member od Student Publications, Lilit
      •     Editor of Lilit , a journal for religious anthropology at University of Tübingen 
      •     Editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, Silhouette, Nellenburg-Gymnasium Stockach

2017. Refugee Research Blog discussing labor and migration research data and best pratices.
2017. USCCB/MRS Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Post Newsletter. 2010-Current (42 Issues)
2010. Agricultural Jobs . - RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 32 (Spring 2010)
Job Developers
. - RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 31 (Winter 2009)
Reinventing Yourself
. - RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 30 (Fall 2009)
Finding Work in Hard Times
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 29 (Summer 2009)
Green Jobs
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 28 (Spring 2009)
Im Prozeß der Kultur. Essays, Perspektiven und Entwürfe
. Hamburg: Merus Verlag.
Hidden Jobs
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 27 (Winter 2008 )
Social Networking & Peer Mentoring
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 26 (Fall 2008 )
Healthcare Hotspots
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 25 (Summer 2008 )
Iraqi Refugees in Focus
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 24 (Spring 2008 )
Tackling Transportation
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 23 (Winter 2007 )
Stadiongeschichten. Leipzig zwischen Turnfest, Traumarena und Olympia . Leipzig: Forum-Verlag
(with Cornelia Jeske and Grit Hartmann).
International Research Report
, Medien Tenor No. 97 - No. 110. Bonn/Leipzig: Media Tenor International.
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


Presenter, “Fast-tracking Immigrant Integration through Volunteer-Led Programs,” Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering in Houston, Texas, Sept. 28-30, 2017 (upcoming).

Presenter, “Refugee Resettlement from A to Z ,” 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.


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-present.

USCCB Research Liaison to the Stanford University/PRM Resettlement Research Group, August 2016-current

Member of the Migration Policy Institute’s National Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Access to Adult Education and Workforce Training Services. May 2015-16.

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

Member of the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s Reception and Placement Period Report Working Group, November 2015-present.

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

Advised the award-winning campus newspaper at Youngstown State University , The Jambar  2004-05.
Advised journalism majors, 2004-06

Team Leader at Media Tenor International , responsible for training and supervising 25 student employees in media monitoring and research, 2000-01.
Jury member of
Saxony Media Award
, Dresden, Germany, 2000.
Trained interns in investigative journalism at the monthly illustrated magazine,
, Leipzig, Germany, 1999-2002.
Prisoner Advocacy Coordinator.    Established a popular regional listserv and website for prisoner advocacy related work, 2005-12 


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

National Writer's Union / International Federation of Journalists
Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen Nachwuches , German Catholic Bishops Conference Alumni Organization
European Union Resettlement Practitioners Network

Experienced photojournalist.
Trained in TV journalism, online journalism, radio journalism, and documentary film.
Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop CC2014, InDesign, Adobe Illustrator CC18, Adobe Premiere Pro CC2014, QuarkXPress 2015, MS Office 2013 (Access; Excel; PowerPoint; Word), Adobe Dreamweaver CC2014, HTML, CSS, DOS, MS SharePoint, SPSS, CVent, AdobeConnect 9, Topyx Learning Management System.

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