Mike Shafarenko (CWR '05)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Graduation Year: 2005
Current occupation: President, The Civic Commons
A sentence about your current company:
The Civic Commons is a civic startup that is building a citizen engagement utility for Northeast Ohio.
Company/organization website: www.theciviccommons.com
What do you like most about your company/organization?
We're doing groundbreaking work in the field of citizen engagement by combining various technologies and traditional forms of engagement.
Any advice for future CWRU alumni?
See your major as an opportunity to do whatever you want in life, not as a prescriptive roadmap for any one particular endeavor.
What does being a Case Western Reserve University alumnus mean to you?
It means applying my skills, talents and education in ways that enrich my life and make the world a better place. When I succeed on those fronts at various points in my life, I give the requisite props to the people and institutions that helped me get to where I am.
What did you do immediately after graduation?
I ran an internal internship development program for CWRU that I created as an intern in the Human Resources department during my senior year.
Where do you live, and how do you like living there?
I live in Cleveland and I absolutely adore the city's authenticity and the vast opportunities to get involved in creating a dynamic city of the future.
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