Saran Sidime Joins PPIA as Communications and Outreach Manager

The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program is thankful to the generosity of our supporter the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. Their funding made it possible to hire Saran as PPIA’s new Communications and Outreach Manager. To learn more about Saran Sidime’s background and new role on our team, please see her letter to the PPIA network below.

Dear PPIA network,

 It is an honor to join PPIA’s National Office at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs as the communications and outreach manager! I look forward to enriching the work of visionary leaders committed to increasing inclusion and diversity in the public policy and international affairs sector.

Prior to my role at PPIA, I worked alongside passionate, talented, and diverse groups of people in well-accomplished and respected organizations in the areas of federal legislation, financial consumer protection and inclusion, and legal services. I have served as staff Assistant for the Offices of Senator Al Franken and Tina Smith in Saint Paul; I also worked as a program assistant for the Center for Financial Inclusion in Washington DC and served as the executive assistant to the Deputy General Counsel in AMTRAK’s legal department.

While my professional roles thus far have had communication and outreach components, I am particularly excited to pair outreach with higher education. I am deeply committed to education and equity. Therefore, it is a privilege to support and assist students of all backgrounds, especially underrepresented students, explore career paths in public service.

As for my educational background, I am a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where I received a Masters of Theological Studies with a focus on Religion, Ethics, and Politics. While at Harvard, my master’s thesis explored the relationship between unaddressed grief and political dissent in the collegiate classroom. I also hold a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.

You can find me spending my free time with family, hosting my podcast show, Hidden Grief - a podcast exploring grief experiences including and beyond death and dying, or devouring the latest YA sci-fi novel! I look forward to connecting and working together.

Sincerely,

Saran Sidime

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