Daniel O'Rourke

Trinity Fellow Class of 2012

Graduate Program: MBA

Undergraduate Degree, Institution: Business Management, Bradley University

Trinity Nonprofit Agency: YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Communication Coordinator

Full-time Service Experience, Years Served, Location:

Peace Corps, 2007-2009, Moldova

Service Experience:

United States Peace Corps; Community and Economic Development Volunteer, Republic of Moldova, 2005-2007. Partnered with local stakeholders, government leaders and NGOs for economic development work associated with community centers, schools, and small business endeavors. Focused on grant writing, program initiation, sustainable project/program management and execution, and accountability follow-up measures. Taught English in one-on-one/group settings while also organizing and facilitating a weekly English club. Established and managed an innovative mentoring program for new Peace Corps volunteer arrivals in-country.

Trinity Fellowship Experience:

Without any doubt, Trinity has left its mark on my life. My involvement with this fellowship program, Marquette University and Sponsor-A-Scholar Mentoring of the Milwaukee Y has not only been a distinct honor, but also a humbling developmental experience that will forever shape my outlook as I progress forward in my professional career and personal life.

Through an academic focus of developing stronger business acumen and honing my analytical skill set, I am certain that Marquette’s MBA program has me well positioned to make an impact. I am prepared to not only contribute at a high level within any organization, but moreover to become a leader spearheading the efforts of business, nonprofit and government entities alike.

As the Trinity Fellow and Communications Coordinator for the Milwaukee Y’s Sponsor-A-Scholar program, I held many roles over my 21 month tenure. My efforts surrounded coordinating internal/external communication, marketing, advertising and public relations for Sponsor-A-Scholar. Additionally, I focused on creating and executing mentor recruitment strategies while developing and implementing data-driven retention plans. I implemented a new national branding strategy and coordinated our upstart intern program. I also served as a mentor.

Plans after graduation:

I have been selected as a 2012 Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and I will be working in the Bureau of Resource Management, Budget and Planning.

Current Position:

Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State

Fellows Class of 2012

Quick Links


Carolyn Swabek, Director
(414) 288-0637

Alisha Klapps Balistreri, Assistant Director
(414) 288-0260

Peggy Mead, Program Assistant
(414) 288-5473