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Dmitry Vishnyakov

Political Prowess in Russia

ppp Job Title:
Institutional Development Director

Moscow School of Political Studies

MPPA; Public Policy Administration; 2003
University of Missouri at St. Louis

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What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job are the most exciting or interesting?
Mainly [I enjoy] the ability to connect the US and Russian systems and people to achieve common goals and also the challenge of introducing many concepts and tools of fundraising to Russia. Fundraising is the new tool for sustainability of civic society in Russia.

Why did you choose to pursue an MPA/MPP degree?
It gives an international perspective in the important field of development for Russia and globally. The graduate level of education provided me with experience and a deep knowledge and understanding of public policy and how it can be applied in societies where it was largely absent and completely different. Russia is an example of this situation. It remains a challenging environment for policy makers to retain the country on the path of democracy development.

How did you select your graduate school?
UMSL competed among others in the US to have me as a student. I was part of a Muskie fellowship competition to place prominent students from former Soviet Union countries.

How do you feel your MPA/MPP is helping you to make a difference?
The degree allows me to stand out of the crowd in Russia, equipping me with different knowledge, outstanding experience and valuable connections in the US. It ensured my success in bridging the two countries, US and Russia, and in helping Russian civil society see itself as independent and self-sustainable with modern managerial governance. One of the good examples of this continuous work is the joint program between the organization I work for and my alma mater. The program is a seminar for local Russian politicians to introduce them to the US public policy and American Federalism. The program consists of two parts federal - in DC and local in St. Louis (MO). Since 2003, it has educated over 100 people who continue implementing received experience and knowledge at the local levels in the regions of Russia.

How would you characterize your personality?
* Team worker * Creative * Persistent * Committed *Diplomatic * Entrepreneurial *

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