MPP alum Zempel publishes on forest extraction in S. Belize

Congratulations to MPP alum Chris Zempel for his new publication,

(coauthored with Dr. Joel Wainwright) "The Colonial Roots of Forest Extraction: Rosewood Exploitation in Southern Belize"

The project was featured in a recent IPID event on "Developing an Indigenous Economy in Southern Belize"

This article grew from a MPP professional paper project that was awarded a Stassen International Travel Grant and won the Humphrey School's 2014 Freeman-Stassen Award for International Activities ("Economies of Plunder: The Case of Rosewood Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Southern Belize," nominated by Professors Deborah Levison and Greta Friedemann-Sánchez).

Chris Zempel is a non-partisan fiscal analyst for the Minnesota House of Representatives who partners with legislators and agency managers to facilitate the construction and implementation of the biennial budget. He believes that the cornerstone of sound public policy begins not only with the development of robust information but the effective communication of this information to decision makers.

In addition to his experience in public sector financial management and policy development, as a process improvement consultant, Chris managed dozens of projects, in both the public and private sectors, assisting clients improve organizational and fiscal health. He has also served in the US Air Force.

Chris holds a master of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He participated in the Star of the North Fellowship following graduation as a part of the first cohort in 2014.
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