Student and alumni contacts

A list of students and alumni who are available for prospective La Follette School graduate students to contact.

  • Portrait of Luis Navarrete

    Luis Navarrete, MPA

    "I was drawn by the La Follette School’s reputation, quality of education, program flexibility, and location."

  • Portrait of Al Schultz

    Al Schultz, MPA

    Contact Al Hometown Sussex, WI Undergraduate education Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science with a minor in integrated liberal studies, UW–Madison Professional/research interests Rulemaking, administrative processes, budgeting Expected graduation date May 2025 Why an …

  • Portrait of Alivia Lindorfer

    Alivia Lindorfer, MPA

    "Central to my career goals is the desire to effect positive change and empower individuals through the formulation and implementation of impactful public policies."

  • Minjung Jun takes a selfie in front of a canyon vista

    Minjung Jun, MIPA

    "My goal is to serve as a consultant for trade and economic policies of developing countries."

  • Portrait of Brelynn Billie

    Brelynn Bille, MPA

    "The accelerated MPA program drew me to the La Follette School."

  • Portrait of Francie Fink

    Francie Fink, MPA, EAP

    "It became clear that I could attend an excellent, renowned policy school while at the same time living in a fun, mid-sized city."

  • Portrait of Tatiana Paula da Cruz.

    Tatiana Paula da Cruz, MIPA

    "Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by a supportive and resourceful community!"

  • Portrait of Caroline Riordan

    Caroline Riordan, MPA

    "The most rewarding aspect of La Follette is the personal connections you can form."

  • Portrait of Jarunee Shuller

    Jarunee Shuller, MIPA

    "My mission is to help people build the lives that they want, not just a life of survival."

  • Portrait of Ryan Ring

    Ryan Ring, MPA

    "The most rewarding experience has been getting to know my cohort and the faculty. It truly is a community at La Follette."

  • Portrait of Annalisa Solis

    Annalisa Solis, MPA

    "The La Follette School has helped me define how I can create an impact in my policy interest areas while teaching me the technical skills I need in order to do so."

  • Portrait of Erin Kennon.

    Erin Kennon, MPA

    "We are encouraged to take everything that we’ve learned in our classes, use it in our professional lives, and spread that knowledge throughout the communities we engage in."

  • Portrait of Awa Maïga

    Awa Maïga, MIPA

    "At La Follette, the unwavering support of the faculty and the plethora of networking opportunities further enhanced my educational journey."

  • Portrait of Megan Westerman

    Megan Westerman, MPA

    "My research assistantship is just one example of how I am able to interact with faculty and professors in meaningful ways."

  • Portrait of Madison Mehlberg

    Madison Mehlberg, MPA

    "La Follette has done a wonderful job of providing courses that show you multiple aspects of the policy world."

  • Portrait of Caroline Carona

    Caroline Corona, MPA

    "I was drawn to the La Follette School’s curriculum, which focuses on the practical skills I was looking for."

  • Portrait of Eli Tsarovsky

    Eli Tsarovsky, MPA-MPH

    "I hope to use the skills I am gaining to lead real change in my community and empower it to make evidence-based and historically informed decisions."

  • Portrait of Haoyan Wang.

    Haoyan (Ken) Wang, MIPA

    "I was drawn to La Follette mainly because of its faculty expertise, alumni network, and most importantly, many professional opportunities offered to its students."

  • Portrait of Andrew VanderMeer

    Andrew VanderMeer, MPA

    "The professors, students, and alumni of the La Follette School are part and parcel of so much of government here in Madison, which makes for a wonderful array of career opportunities"

  • Photo of Karina Virrueta Running holding her son, Roman.

    Karina Virrueta Running, MPA ’17

    "The workshop course was as challenging as it was rewarding. I also made lasting friendships with my peers and the professors."

  • Photo of Hilary Shager

    Hilary Shager, MPA ’05

    "La Follette is the epitome of the Wisconsin Idea. And it’s certainly not just about Wisconsin—the staff and faculty have done so much to connect students with alumni and new, real-world opportunities."

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    Sophia Rogers, MPA ’19

    "La Follette has prepared and empowered all of us to do amazing things."

  • Photo of Muhammed Fofana.

    Muhammed Fofana, MPA ’22

    "The client-based project was one of my favorite experiences at La Follette. I worked with a great team of faculty, client, and classmates."

  • Photo of Jess Rutstein

    Jess Rutstein, MPA ’20

    Alum Jess Rutstein works as a FoodShare Program and policy analyst for the WI Department of Health Services.

  • Photo of Ryan LeCloux

    Ryan LeCloux, MIPA ’18

    "The small cohort size really allows you to get to know your classmates and interact with the faculty."

  • Photo of Yixuan Cheng

    Yixuan Cheng, MIPA, MPH ’21

    "The small class size and ability to gain quantitative skills also drew me to the La Follette School since I had limited experience with them as an undergraduate."

  • Photo of Nikolai Kapustin

    Nikolai Kapustin, MIPA ’19

    "The La Follette School has a professional-oriented curriculum that focuses on giving you an applicable skillset and list of experiences that will make you a desirable candidate in future applications."

  • Photo of Mark Moralez

    Mark Moralez, MPA

    "The coursework alone is top-tier, but talking to my peers and hearing their stories was a surprisingly invaluable source of knowledge and growth for me."

  • Photo of Angela Maloney.

    Angela Maloney, MPA

    "Learning more about the human impact of policy as well as the benefit of being able to obtain an MPA with just one additional year post-undergrad were huge draws for me."

  • Photo of Troy Wilson.

    Troy Wilson, MPA

    "I would like to use my La Follette education and previous experience in legislative and NGO settings to make a difference and promote the Wisconsin Idea."

  • Photo of Casey Hanson.

    Casey Hanson, MPA, MPH, Certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Intervention and Prevention Sciences

    "I was drawn to La Follette because of the renowned faculty and opportunities to network with alumni and other important individuals in the policy realm."

  • Profile photo of Victor Alda Escalona

    Victor Escalona Aldana, MPA ’21

    "My client-based projects gave me useful real-world experience that can be transferred to other settings."

  • Profile photo of Sukhvir Singh

    Sukhvir Singh, MPA, MPH

    "I hope to contribute to criminal justice reform by analyzing and advocating for policy changes surrounding the health of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals."

  • Profile photo of Gillian Giglierano

    Gillian Giglierano, MPA

    "The access to resources and connections you receive when you’re a La Follette student is incredible!"

  • Photo of Elizabeth Johnson

    Elizabeth Johnson, MPA, MPH

    "If you are looking to create a better future for yourself or the world, you will have the opportunity to learn how to do that here at La Follette."

  • Nichole Springer is a Master of International Public Affairs student.

    Nichole Springer, MIPA

    "One of the most rewarding experiences at La Follette is being surrounded by a great cohort. Their talent, passion, and hard work also lifts me up as I continue to study."

  • Kao Lee Yang, MPA, PhD in Neuroscience

    "The wonderful partnership between the La Follette School and the Neuroscience Training Program allows students in the combined program to simultaneously develop skills in science and policy."

  • Nova Tebbe, MPA, MPH, Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate

    "I went to a small school for my undergraduate studies, and I wanted to keep this tight-knit community while also having the resources of a large and world-renowned research university."

  • Jackson Parr, MPA ’20

    The breadth of coursework I completed at the La Follette School provided me the opportunity to approach challenges through an interdisciplinary lens. Flood events trigger many different social and institutional dynamics that all must be considered when identifying solutions.

  • Lauri Luosta, MIPA

    I recommend (that prospective students choose their) courses carefully and ask for plenty of advice from faculty, alumni, etc. You may realize you could use certain kinds of skills for your future career, and if you learn about them early, you can pick appropriate courses. You have only four semesters at the La Follette School, so every course counts.

  • Ruanda McFerren, MPA, Master of Urban and Regional Planning

    On a near daily basis, I am in meetings that relate to a real-world version of grad school group work. Whether it is assisting in development of a new citywide housing policy, compiling information on digital innovations, or coming up with ideas for #cityhallselfie day, much of the work I’m engaged in involves a deep level of communication and collaboration.