Curriculum Vitae (July
3022 Christopher Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21214
Sturm AT sturmstories DOT com
is a labor and migration expert, educator, communications professional
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,
and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic
data trends of refugee resettlement sites, research and publish
evidence-based practice concepts and practice to advance employment
outcomes, program capacity and grant
technical assistance to program affiliates related to assisting
clients achieve economic
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
financial reports, performance and statistical reporting related to
improving performance in government
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
the development of the unit’s strategic planning goals and takes a
lead role in resettlement services proposal development and program
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
Editor and Educational Trainer, LIRS-RefugeeWorks, 2007-2010
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
2017. USCCB/MRS Parishes
Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR)
Post Newsletter. 2010-Current (42 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 &
“Fast-tracking Immigrant Integration through Volunteer-Led Programs,”
Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering in Houston, Texas, Sept. 28-30,
Resettlement from A to Z
,” World Refugee Day Congressional Briefing, Catholic Charities USA, June
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
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, 2016
presenter, “Using Parish Volunteers in Newcomer Integration
Programming,” Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, January 23-26,
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,
presenter, “Telling a Compelling Client Success Story,” for Higher
Advantage National Employment Training Institute in Baltimore, Md., Nov.
“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 2009.
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.
presenter, “Recertification for Refugees with Professional Background,”
for USCCB/CLINIC National Migration Conference in Washington, D.C., July
Hotspots: Creating Career Pathways for Refugees,” for the Arizona
Refugee Resettlement Program Annual Conference Office in Phoenix, Ariz.,
April 1, 2008
“Financial Literacy for Refugees,” World Relief Workshop in Chicago,
Jan. 25, 2008.
Transportation,” for the North Carolina Refugee Conference,
Atlantic Beach, N.C., Aug. 26-29, 2007.
live from Palestine,
Newsradio, Youngstown, Ohio, July 2006
Public conference on prison issues
, June 10, 2006 at Youngstown
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
(Stadium Stories), April 2002.
Hosted media research
workshop at the
Media Tenor International
Agenda Setting Conference, “Who is
Influencing whom?,” Leipzig, Germany, Fall 2000.
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.
USCCB Research Liaison to the
Stanford University/PRM Resettlement Research Group, August
Member 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.
of the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees, and
Migration’s Reception and Placement Period Report Working Group,
individual job coaching to recently arrived refugees from Burma and
Bhutan in Baltimore. 2008-12.
award-winning campus newspaper at
University , The
Advised journalism majors,
Leader at Media Tenor
responsible for training and supervising 25 student employees in media
monitoring and research, 2000-01.
Jury member of Saxony Media
Dresden, Germany, 2000.
Trained interns in investigative journalism
at the monthly illustrated magazine, Kreuzer,
Leipzig, Germany, 1999-2002.
Established a popular regional listserv
for prisoner advocacy related work, 2005-12
Place, Media City Leipzig Award..
Journalism Fellow, Haus
Three-year journalism fellowship, Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen
/ International Federation of
Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen
, German Catholic Bishops Conference Alumni
European Union Resettlement Practitioners
Trained in TV journalism, online journalism, radio
journalism, and documentary film.
Expert knowledge of
Adobe Photoshop CC2014, InDesign, Adobe Illustrator CC18, Adobe Premiere
QuarkXPress 2015, MS Office 2013 (Access; Excel; PowerPoint; Word),
Adobe Dreamweaver CC2014, HTML, CSS, DOS, MS SharePoint, SPSS, CVent,
AdobeConnect 9, Topyx Learning
and English, fluent.
French, Italian and Latin,