Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni

November 28, 2016

Matt van Buren (MPA '15)

The faculty is impressive, the school’s reputation is sterling, and its small size allows for a lot of community-building and one-on-one contact with professors and teaching assistants.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs’ 2017 Madison reception for alumni and friends is scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at The Madison Club, 5 East Wilson Street.

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.

Sam Austin (MIPA ’08) joined the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as its director in mid-October. Austin previously served as a budget analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB).

La Follette School students benefitted from generous La Follette School alumni and other public policy professionals who participated in mock interviews Tuesday, November 1. The activity is one aspect of the Professional Development Workshop course (PA 800), a requirement for first-semester students.

Why the La Follette School? Expertise in social policy and interest in attending UW-Madison.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking client-based projects for students in its Workshop in Public Affairs and Workshop in International Public Affairs courses. Applications from public, nonprofit, or private-sector organizations are due December 1. Alumni are encouraged to apply.

Serving others is a high priority for students at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. So it should come as no surprise that alumni eagerly volunteer with their alma mater.

Dan Leopold (MPA ’03) recently was promoted to the chief intelligence officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago.

September 30, 2016

Demetri Vincze (MPA '16)

My La Follette experience has enabled me to see how data can drive policy as well as consider its implications for program evaluation and performance management.

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