Renata Horvath is from GyQr, Hungary. She earned her B.S. in Economics from the University of Veszprém in 2001. She continued her education at the University of Miskolc, achieving a post-graduate degree in Economics and European Union Affairs in 2006. After spending a year working in England for a conference center, she moved to Budapest in 2007, and became the co-manager of EU projects for a small company that worked for Hungarian government institutions. The downtown revitalization projects she worked on were valued at $400,000 to $5,000,000! When she arrived to Michigan in August 2011 to attend Grand Valley, it was her first time in the United States.
She moved to a condo in Zeeland, Michigan, owned by an American family who is working in Hungary. Her husband, who earned an MBA from Grand Valley in 2008, works in Zeeland as well. She was immediately struck by how organized everyone was, how solutions to every problem seemed to be readily available, and that everyone seemed so prepared for every eventuality. She did not like American food at all, and for that reason, cooks her own meals most of the time, including stuffed cabbage, meatloaf, and stew. She is seeking a Masters in Public Administration from Grand Valley, and her graduate assistantship is in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration. She assists Professors Davia Downey and Richard Jelier with a variety of tasks, including preparation for conference presentations and updating PowerPoint presentations. She is assisting both professors with preparations for the 42nd annual Urban Affairs Association Conference in Pittsburgh, and will be attending the conference with the professors in April 2012. After completing her degree at Grand Valley, Renata plans to do OPT here in the United States, and then return home to Hungary to work in Project Management, International Relations, EU Funds, and Urban Development.