Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni

As someone who hires many different policy and budgeting positions for the state, we look for applicants that have the skills taught at La Follette.

California’s County of Monterey is implementing several recommendations from a student project in Professor Don Moynihan’s Performance Management class. Kate Battiato (MPA ’07), a management analyst in Monterey County’s Resource Management Agency (RMA), proposed and coordinated the students’ work.

Alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff will gather Tuesday, September 5 for the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest welcome picnic. Hill Fest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the beautiful La Follette grounds overlooking Lake Mendota at 1225 Observatory Drive.

John Vander Meer (MPA ’06) participated in a panel discussion about the implications of Wisconsin’s aging population and growing long-term care workforce crisis for state policy May 2 in Madison.

Daniel Bush (MPA '09) joined the School District of Lodi as business manager in summer 2016. He is responsible for managing the district’s financial and other business affairs as well as developing and supervising a $20 million budget.

La Follette School alumni in Washington, D.C. – DC Bobs – have scheduled the first of what are planned as monthly DC Bobs Nerd Night gatherings. Each Nerd Night includes a 20- to 30-minute presentation and similar length discussion.

The La Follette School’s annual Visit Day drew 43 prospective students from 14 states and Washington, D.C., to the UW–Madison campus Monday, March 27. Current students, alumni, and faculty members answered a wide range of questions during panel discussions and lunch at Union South.

After a hard-fought battle – including a tie-breaker question – the Elder Belles won the La Follette School Student Association’s (LSSA) first Trivia Night, which raised more than $700 for their graduation celebration and other projects.

Two La Follette School alumni – Carolyn Clow and Bradley Campbell – are seeking election in their local communities. Clow is running for the McFarland Village Board, and Campbell hopes to join La Follette alumna Sara Eskrich on the Madison City Council.

Taking the quantitative analysis coursework – both semesters of statistics and cost-benefit analysis – was key in helping me be prepared for state budget work immediately after graduation.

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