Humphrey Alums meet in Panama

Humphrey School MPA alum and current volunteer Host for the Humphrey School's International Fellows and Scholars Program Sherrie Pugh recently met 2012-13 Humphrey International Fellow
Rosilda Robinson Vega in Panama.

When Ms. Rosilda Robinson Vega was at the Humphrey School, she was the Legal Counsel for the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) in Panama, where she had been working for 12 years. CSS is a government institution in charge of providing social security protection to the Panamanian population. She was responsible for providing legal opinions and concepts regarding the interpretation of CSS law; its rulings regarding health services, pensions, subsidies, government procurement; and national and international agreements.

Ms. Robinson Vega earned her bachelor degree in law and political science from University of Panama and diplomas in criminal law from the Universidad Panamericana (Panama), public financial administration from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina), and senior citizen social protection from CIESS y OAS in (Mexico).

Sherrie Pugh is the former director of operations at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis. She has committed her career to systemic community change to reverse economic, social and racial inequities through community economic development. Her expertise includes public, private and nonprofit sectors in which she worked with urban and rural communities including an international assignment in South Africa. She served as the first director of three start-up organizations and launched grant programs for the Headwaters Fund, LISC, and the Foundation for the MidSouth. She gained national recognition for publication of the “Community Economic Development Dictionary.”

Ms. Pugh has served on three national community economic development boards. She was a Community Builder Fellow with the Minneapolis HUD Office, afer which she became the Executive Director of Northside Residents Redevelopment Council. At NRRC, she implemented equitable development strategies addressing environment, cultural, transportation and economic development. She also partnered with the University Northside Partnership, resulting in establishment of the University Research and Outreach Engagement Resource Center UROC.

Ms. Pugh has a BS in Housing Studies and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School. At the Humphrey School she participated in the Integrative Leadership cohort. She participates in the African American Leadership Forum and currently serves on the boards of Rainbow Research, Inc., the Minnesota Board on Aging, the Westonka Community Action Network (WECAN) , the Black Storytellers Alliance, the UROC Advisory group, and the MCTC Community Development Advisory Committee. In 2016 she ran, unsuccessfully, for the Minnesota State Senate, District 33.
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