Curriculum Vitae (May
3022 Christopher Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21214
Sturm AT sturmstories DOT com
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.
MEAL Officer, International
Orthodox Christian Charities (Baltimore, MD),
Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Officer is
primarily 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.
Research and Evaluation Manager,
and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic
and Project Management
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.
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.
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.
Develop research collaborations with social scientists, including
Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and Northwestern
University’s Center for Forced Migration Studies.
and Technical Assistance
Editor and Educational Trainer, LIRS-RefugeeWorks, 2007-2010
and Training –
Lead organizer of 14 successful national refugee conferences with
personal participation in more than 50 webinars and conference
the visibility of USCCB success stories through the bi-monthly POWR Post
Edit a community of practice to track relevant research in a recently
Research refugee employment and recertification solutions and
disseminate best practices among voluntary agencies, ethnic community
groups, employer and government partners, as consultant for the U.S.
Office of Refugee Resettlement.
multimillion-dollar grant to assist local affiliates in establishing
new volunteer programs and facilitating peer support. Market success
stories through publications and presentations, gather best practices
and organize conferences to improve refugee program
production of RefugeeWorks’ nationally circulated publications,
including a quarterly newsletter, website, electronic listserv and white
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
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.
Lansing City Pulse,
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
Employed as a
social science and media analysis senior researcher and assistant
scholars in Germany, the U.S. and South Africa and managed a $2.5
million annual budget and research staff of 25.
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
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
Leipzig City Magazine.
on in-depth investigative journalism, concentrating on hard-hitting topics such
as immigration, labor, local politics, business scandals and social
Publishing Training Fellowship,Haus
Busch , Hagen, Germany.
M.A. in German
Literature and Linguistics (Minor
in Anthropology of
• Journalism Training Fellowship, Institut zur
Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses, Munich.
German B.A. (Abitur), Nellenburg-Gymnasium , Stockach, Germany.
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
• Editor-in-chief of the
student newspaper, Silhouette,
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)
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 32 (Spring 2010)
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 31 (Winter 2009)
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 30 (Fall 2009)
2009. Finding Work in
RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 29 (Summer 2009)
RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 28 (Spring 2009)
2008. Im Prozeß der
Kultur. Essays, Perspektiven und Entwürfe.
Hamburg: Merus Verlag.
RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 27 (Winter 2008 )
Networking & Peer Mentoring
RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 26 (Fall 2008 )
RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 25 (Summer 2008 )
2008. Iraqi Refugees
in Focus -
RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 24 (Spring 2008 )
RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 23 (Winter 2007 )
Leipzig zwischen Turnfest, Traumarena und Olympia .
(with Cornelia Jeske and Grit Hartmann).
Medien Tenor No. 97 - No. 110. Bonn/Leipzig: Media Tenor
1996. Das Bild des
Islam und des Buddhismus.
empirische Untersuchung. ZfR-Zeitschrift für
Religionswissenschaft. 04: 55-82.
1998-2017. An archive of my
English-language publications is available at
SELECTED COACHING &
“Lessons Learned from the
POWR Program – A USCCB/MRS National Volunteer Initiative,” All-Staff
Presentation, Feb. 20, 2018.
“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
to Welcome Refugees and Immigrants,”
Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering in Houston, Texas, Sept. 30,
“Refugee Resettlement from A to Z,” Catholic Charities USA Refugee
AmeriCorps Conference, Sept. 22, 2017.
“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
am Scheideweg: Migration zwischen Abschottung und
Willkommenskultur,“ Panel Discussion, City of
Freiburg/Carl-Schurz-Haus (Germany), April 12,
Presenter, “The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program”
for Catholic Charities USA AmeriCorps Member Program Conference,
Alexandria, Va., Sept. 23, 2016.
Refugees’ Social Capital Through Community Connections ,” for USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services
webinar series, June 22,
Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: How to
Incorporate Parish Volunteers into Newcomer Integration
,” Catholic Legal
Immigration Network (CLINIC) Webinar, March 31,
Workshop presenter, “Using Parish Volunteers in
Newcomer Integration Programming,” Catholic Social Ministry Gathering,
January 23-26, 2016.
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,
“Unlocking the Power of Volunteers,” for USCCB/Migration and Refugee
in Washington, DC, July 7-10,
“Promising Practices in Refugee Employment: Research and Resources,” for
Migration and Refugee Services’
in Washington, DC, July 7-10,
“Unlocking the Power of Volunteers: The Parishes Organized to Welcome
Refugees (POWR) Program,” for the
North American Refugee Healthcare
in Rochester, NY, June
Unlocking the Power of Volunteers: The
Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees Program
.” Catholic Charities USA Webinar Series, Aug. 27,
presenter, “Effective Communication” for USCCB/MRS Parishes Organized to
Welcome Refugees (POWR) Grant Network, Sept. 26,
Resources and Strategies for Trafficking Survivors” for USCCB/MRS Human
Trafficking Sub-Contractor Network, Feb. 3,
“Computer-Assisted Employment Strategies/Resources,” for RefugeeWorks’ Employment Training
Institute Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., September 14-18,
presenter, “Tackling Job Development in a Difficult Economy,” for IRC/Project Strengthening Organizations
Assisting Refugees and Office of Refugee Resettlement Grantees, May
presenter, “Green Jobs,” for
RefugeeWorks’ Employment Training Institute Conference in San Jose,
Calif., March 17-19, 2009.
presenter, “Tackling Transportation,” for Idaho Office of Refugees, Nov.
Paper presenter, “Recertification for Refugees with
Professional Background,” for USCCB/CLINIC National Migration Conference
in Washington, D.C., July 28-31,
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,
Transportation,” for the North Carolina Refugee Conference,
Atlantic Beach, N.C., Aug. 26-29, 2007.
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,
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
Stadiongeschichten (Stadium Stories), April
Hosted media research
workshop at the
Media Tenor International
Agenda Setting Conference, “Who is
Influencing whom?,” Leipzig, Germany, Fall 2000.
AND ADVISORY WORK
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.
of the Migration Policy Institute’s National Forum on Immigrant and
Refugee Access to Adult Education and Workforce Training Services. May
Member of the Refugee Council USA
’s Post-Arrival Sub-Committee Working Group on
Monitoring and Evaluation. February 2016-present.
individual job coaching to refugees from Iraq, Burma and Bhutan in
popular listserv and website for prisoner advocacy related work (www.prisonersolidarity.org),
ESL classes through the University of Tübingen’s Department of Applied
English Linguistics, 1997
Place, Media City Leipzig Award..
Journalism Fellow, Haus
Three-year journalism fellowship, Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen
Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities,
Refugees & Forced Migration Hub
/ International Federation of
Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen
, German Catholic Bishops Conference Alumni
European Union Resettlement Practitioners
Experienced photojournalist. Trained
in TV journalism, online journalism, radio journalism, documentary film,
photo journalism. Expert
knowledge of Adobe Photoshop CC2017, Adobe Premiere Pro CC2017, MS
Office 2016 (Access; Excel; PowerPoint; Word), InDesign, Adobe
Illustrator CC18, QuarkXPress 2015, Adobe Dreamweaver CC2014, HTML, CSS,
DOS, MS SharePoint, SPSS, CVent, AdobeConnect 9.
and English, fluent.
French, Italian and Latin,