Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, November 14, 2016

Ryan Schowalter (MPA ’12)

Ryan Schowalter (MPA ’12)

Job title
Associate Director, The Broad Academy

Employer
The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, Los Angeles

Hometown
Racine, Wisconsin

Undergraduate education
Bachelor’s degree in international relations, University of Southern California, 2009

La Follette School impact on career goals
Coursework in statistics, policy analysis, and program evaluation provided me with the skills needed to lead evaluation efforts for and drive organizational change across two nonprofit organizations. More recently, I’ve drawn from the leadership and management training I received at La Follette to inform my work assessing executive talent in K-12 education, as head of selection for The Broad Academy fellowship.

Most rewarding La Follette experience
I enjoyed statistics with Professors Wallace and DeLeire, and management with Professor Moynihan.

Why would you recommend the La Follette School to a prospective student?
The La Follette School offers an exceptional graduate program, combining high-quality instruction, faculty accessibility, and the option to specialize by taking courses outside of the policy school. Regarding my own experience, the first year of the MPA program gave me the foundational skills needed to succeed in government and nonprofit work. During my second year, I was able to take courses in the School of Education while concurrently working for the state Department of Public Instruction. These experiences gave me the specialized skills and knowledge needed to make an immediate impact in my chosen field, K-12 education.

Anything else?
In the near future, my wife and I will be moving to New York City, where she accepted a new position and I will be looking for new opportunities.