After graduating with a Master of Public Administration this summer, C.T. Ransdell landed a senior management position at Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), whose mission is to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across the Commonwealth.
As the organization’s senior manager of development, Ransdell oversees MMP’s fundraising operations including grants management, individual cultivation and stewardship, and maintains and improves development systems.
“The MPA program at Northeastern was a great fit for me because it espouses utility, practicality, and problem-solving. For instance, nonprofits have a hard time measuring outcomes, so the need for well-trained leaders in program evaluation is crucial, and Northeastern gets that! From learning about program evaluation, understanding the RISE framework for nonprofits, learning from case studies on institutional leadership and management, and applying the principles of public budgeting and financial management, I am better able to lead. And an MPA from Northeastern is a problem-solving degree, which is ideal for a continually evolving nonprofit sector. It just made sense because I want to change the world, but not be impractical about it.”
Ransdell, who has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, moved to Boston in 2009 to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. He transitioned into a full-time development role at Generations Incorporated in 2011, where he served as director of development.
Ransdell has also been civically engaged as a partner in Our Commonwealth, a Boston-based organization that facilitates and accelerates friendships among emerging leaders, and he has supported local organizations by serving as a Big Brother and running 100 miles in the Zach Attack 100-Miler for the Progeria Research Foundation.