Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) hosts social events, connects students to community service opportunities, coordinates and raises funds for the graduation celebration, maintains an avenue for student input into the Master of Public Affairs and Master of International Public Affairs programs, and provides students with connections to La Follette alumni.

LSSA meets regularly during the academic year to discuss ways to maintain and improve the academic, social, and professional qualities of life for students in the La Follette School, and to act on topics ranging from alumni event plans, speakers and social events to the school's graduation celebration and fund-raising efforts.

If you have any questions about LSSA or would like to be involved, please send a message to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We encourage new students to get involved in LSSA events.

LSSA Resources

LSSA Constitution

LSSA Living in Madison Guide

Board Members

Dana Nielsen

Vice President
Amelia Wagner

Ian Pearson

Cartecia Lawrence
The secretary also serves as the program liaison and attends La Follette School department meetings; gauges and communicates the opinions of students, representing their interests to faculty and staff; and communicates faculty and staff perspectives, initiatives, and priorities to students.

Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators
Indu Kilaru
Gabriel Terrell

Community Service and Outreach Coordinators
Kelsey Gordon
Jon Paul Bechard
The community service and outreach coordinator puts the natural inclination of La Follette School students to be public servants into action by giving them the chance to serve their community through helping voluntary organizations around Madison.

Social Coordinators
Lew Blank
Stephanie Mertens
The social coordinator plans social events throughout the year. The coordinator welcomes suggestions from all La Follette School students, first and second years.

Graduation Coordinators
Katie Pollock
Natalia Borowska
The graduation coordinator organizes and executes the La Follette School's graduation celebration in May. This person works throughout the year planning music, decorations, flowers, programs, appetizers, and other details. Those interested in event planning or those who have experience planning celebratory events, please consider helping out (first-year students are strongly encouraged to volunteer).

Fundraising Coordinators
Anna Sucsy
Ellie Karls
The fundraising coordinator carries out projects to raise money for the student association. First- and second-year La Follette School students interested in volunteering to write grants and plan fundraising activities should contact the fundraising coordinator.

Past LSSA Board Members