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  • Sep 13, 2021

    Alumni News - September 2021

    Steve Johnson (MA ’91) ♦ Maria Milano (MA ’92) ♦ Heidi Normandin (MA ’98) ♦ Tyrel Zich (MPA ’15) ♦Alison (Muscato) Harrell (MIPA ’18) ♦Emily Frank (MPA ’19) ♦Hannah Stephens (MPA ’19) ♦Marisa Ross (MPA ’19) ♦Diana Pavon (MPA ’20) ♦ Natalie Weill (MPA ’20) ♦Anders Shropshire (MIPA ’20) ♦Michael Caniglia (MPA ’20) ♦Morgan Galecki (MPA ’20) ♦Kara Savitt (BA, public policy certificate ’20) ♦Shireen Ohadi-hamadani (MPA ’20) ♦ Christine Welcher (MIPA ’21) Read more...
  • Aug 13, 2021

    Alumni News - August 2021

    Tony Carroll (MA ’80) ♦ Vaughn Vance (MA/JD ’98) ♦ Ben Winig (MPA, JD ’04) ♦ Nate Inglis Steinfeld (MPA, JD ’12) ♦ Megan Loritz (MPA ’13) ♦ Nick Lardinois (MPA ’16) ♦ Drew Curtis (MPA ’16) ♦ Ken Smith (MPA, URPL ’17) ♦ Chris Meyers (MPA ’18) ♦ Amanada Hejna (MPA ’19) ♦ Natalie Weill (MPA ’20) ♦ Benjamin Olneck-Brown (MPA ’20) Read more...
  • Jul 12, 2021

    Alumni News - July 2021

    Roger Rowin (MA ’74) ♦ Rob Cramer (MA ’92) ♦ Tamarine Cornelius (MA ‘99) ♦ Lamont Smith (MPA '07) ♦ Andrew Kell (MPA ’10) ♦ Rachel (Moskowitz) Svoboda (MPA ‘07) ♦ Sara Eskrich (MPA, MPH ’15) ♦ Aaron Dumas (MPA, JD ’15) ♦ Drew Curtis (MPA ’16) ♦ Atiya Siddiqi (MIPA ’18) ♦ Michael Sauer (BA ’21) Read more...
  • May 17, 2021

    Alumni featured in Elevating Equity series

    This past spring, the La Follette School launched Elevating Equity in Policymaking and hosted two outstanding alumni. Theola Carter (MA ’91) and Frances Huntley-Cooper (MA ’94) shared brief information about their careers in public service and answered questions from students. Read more...
  • Apr 19, 2021

    1st all-alumni, all-virtual reunion is May 13

    The La Follette School’s first all-virtual alumni reunion is less than a month away! Alumni from 1975 through 2018 already have registered for the hour-long event on Thursday, May 13. Read more...
  • Mar 15, 2021

    In Memoriam: Andrew Kemp (MA '91)

    Andrew D. Kemp (MA ’91) passed on February 8 at the age of 53 from complications of COVID-19. Read more...
  • Dec 08, 2020

    Ambassador-designate has La Follette School connection

    President-elect Joe Biden has nominated alumna Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Thomas-Greenfield received her master’s degree in public administration from UW–Madison’s Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration – the La Follette School’s predecessor – in 1975. Read more...
  • Sep 08, 2020

    Alumnus Anam nominated for young professional award

    Tawsif Anam (MPA ’13) has been nominated for a Professional Elevation Award by Madison Magnet, Madison's largest young professional organization. Voting continues online through Friday, Sept. 11. Read more...
  • Aug 12, 2020

    Schmitt returns home, leads Milwaukee nonprofit

    After 13 years’ experience in international humanitarian aid, Bill Schmitt (MIPA ’05) joined United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin (UMCS) in Milwaukee as its executive director. He previously worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), leading relief efforts for some of the world’s most challenging crises, including the Darfur Genocide, the War in Afghanistan, the West Sumatran Earthquake, and the Syrian civil war. Read more...
  • Aug 11, 2020

    Allison Couture: Physican, student, advocate

    Like everyone across the globe, Dr. Allison Couture (MPA ’20) had her world turned upside down when COVID-19 struck. However, Couture had a unique vantage point: as a master’s degree student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and as a practicing doctor. Read more...
  • Aug 07, 2020

    Martinchek champions families’ well-being at Urban Institute

    As Kassandra Martinchek (MPA ’19) marked her one-year anniversary at the Urban Institute, she reflected on her efforts promoting evidence-based, actionable solutions for household financial well-being and food security. Read more...
  • Jul 24, 2020

    Huntley-Cooper leads off Women Who Inspire

    The Committee to Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment selected Frances Huntley-Cooper (MA, 1994) for its inaugural Women Who Inspire award. Read more...
  • Jul 22, 2020

    Evers appoints alumnus Weatherly to UW Board of Regents

    Kyle Weatherly (MPA ’06) of Milwaukee was among three University of Wisconsin System Regents appointed by Governor Tony Evers on June 1. Read more...
  • Jul 08, 2020

    Higgins drives local policy innovation at The Governance Project

    Colin Higgins (MPA ’16) has played a key role at The Governance Project since 2018. As program director, Higgins has contributed to projects that help municipalities stimulate private investment in low-income communities, effectively finance community-focused development projects, and support small business through the COVID-19 crisis. Read more...
  • Jun 30, 2020

    Evers appoints Romanski to second stint as DATCP secretary

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers named Randy Romanski (MA ‘95) as secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). This will be Romanski’s second stint as DATCP secretary, previously leading the agency during Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration. Read more...
  • Jun 24, 2020

    Alumnus Loftus to co-lead Thompson transition team

    Incoming University of Wisconsin System President and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson announced that Tom Loftus (MA ’72) and Scott Neitzel will co-chair his transition team. Read more...
  • Apr 30, 2020

    Alumni join Board of Visitors

    The La Follette School of Public Affairs welcomed two alumni to its Board of Visitors (BOV) – Theola Carter (MA ’91) and Carolyn Hill (MA ’96). Read more...
  • Apr 07, 2020

    La Follette students meet alumni, visit employers on Chicago exchange visit

    Nineteen graduate students participated in the La Follette School’s third career exploration visit to Chicago in October 2019. Over two days, students visited four employers and learned about career paths during a panel discussion with alumni. Read more...
  • Feb 03, 2020

    Austin harnesses Wisconsin Idea at DHS

    Sam Austin (MIPA ’08) joined the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) as a senior policy advisor in December 2019. Read more...
  • Jan 30, 2020

    2019 alumna featured on PBS Wisconsin

    Abby Swetz (MPA ’19) spoke about the need for housing for survivors of domestic violence in Wisconsin during a segment of PBS Wisconsin’s Noon Wednesday on November 6, 2019. Read more...
  • Dec 27, 2019

    2017 alumna Andrae seeking County Board seat

    Richelle Andrae (MPA ’17) announced her candidacy for the Dane County Board of Supervisors, District 11. Andrae is a strategic policy analyst at Deloitte, where she works with Wisconsin Medicaid’s eHealth & Quality Team to support the state’s health IT priorities. Read more...
  • Dec 18, 2019

    Alumna Sanders joins Milwaukee Public Museum

    Katie Sanders (MIPA ’05) has joined the Milwaukee Public Museum as chief planning officer after nearly six years as executive director of Safe & Sound. In her new role, she will coordinate the planning of exhibits and visitor experiences, space planning, partnerships, lobbying, public relations, and building and construction planning. Read more...
  • Dec 17, 2019

    Alumnus Harris leading private consulting company

    Darin Harris (MA ’95) left his position in UW–Madison’s Office of Strategic Consulting in September to focus on the leadership and consulting company he co-founded three years ago – Living, Giving Enterprises. The company serves leaders who want to thrive in today's complex, fast-changing conditions. Read more...
  • Dec 16, 2019

    Speckhard offers diplomatic perspective on Middle East

    The most recent episode of the Thank You, 72 podcast features Daniel Speckhard (MA ’82) and Laura Bunn, a student in the La Follette School’s Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) program. Read more...
  • Sep 25, 2019

    2009 alumni celebrate 10-year reunion

    Several members of the La Follette School Class of 2009 got together in late August for a 10-year reunion. Alumni came to Madison from as far as Oregon and Massachusetts, enjoying a reception at the Memorial Union with spouses, significant others, and a few children. Read more...
  • Sep 12, 2019

    Behm connects finance, policy to support clean water

    Since graduating from the La Follette School, Andrew Behm (MPA ’15) has moved between the private and public sectors, but his work has always involved helping municipalities pay the bills. His new position as a capital finance officer at the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) is in the same vein. Read more...
  • Jul 23, 2019

    '08 alumna MacDonald named DC Badger of the Year, takes new job

    After 11 years with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Alexis MacDonald (MPA ’08) has accepted a position as a professional staff member for the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. MacDonald also recently received the Badger of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s DC Chapter. Read more...
  • Jul 18, 2019

    Gadow earns public manager certificate, gives graduation speech

    May was a busy month for Bryan Gadow (’05 MPA). On May 3, he graduated from the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program. A week later, he was the Graduation Ceremony Keynote speaker for the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture (DPLA) master’s degree program in urban and regional planning at UW–Madison. Read more...
  • Jul 17, 2019

    2017 alumna elected to Dane County Board

    Elizabeth Doyle (MPA ’17) won an uncontested election for District 1 of the Dane County Board of Supervisors in June. Doyle replaced Mary Kolar, who is now serving as secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs in Governor Tony Evers’ administration. Read more...
  • Jul 03, 2019

    Eric Tempelis joins Thompson Center

    The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership has named Eric Tempelis (MPA ’03, JD ’06) as its new assistant director. He previously worked in local, state and federal government, most recently as a prosecutor. Read more...
  • May 21, 2019

    Todd marks 6 years leading Campus Compact, Oregon

    Josh Todd (MPA ’02) celebrated six years as executive director of Campus Compact of Oregon, the largest nonprofit network of higher education in the state of Oregon. Before joining the organization, he was director of the Commission on Children, Families, and Community in Multnomah County, Oregon. Read more...
  • May 20, 2019

    Political strategist, entrepreneur Lierman joins Board of Visitors

    With more than 30 years of consulting and communications experience, Terry Lierman (MA ’71) has joined the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors. Lierman is a founding partner of Summit Global Ventures, which he began after serving as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer from 2007 to 2011. Read more...
  • May 18, 2019

    2011 alumnus Fuchs named to federal transportation board

    The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Patrick Fuchs (MPA ’11) to serve a five-year term as a member of the Surface Transportation Board. Previously, Fuchs was a senior professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Read more...
  • Apr 04, 2019

    Polk County picks 2005 alumnus as administrator

    Nick Osborne (MPA ’05) began his duties as Polk County’s chief administrative officer (county administrator) in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on February 25. Previously, he served as assistant to the county administrator in Rock County, Wisconsin, for eight years. Read more...
  • Apr 03, 2019

    2017 alumna Doyle seeking seat on Dane County Board of Supervisors

    Elizabeth Doyle (MPA ’17) is seeking election as District 1 Dane County Board Supervisor. A former member of the Verona City Council from 2013 to 2018, Doyle is a health care rate analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Read more...
  • Mar 29, 2019

    1978 alumnus Starik joins Walden

    Mark Starik (MA ’78) is a contributing faculty member in Walden University’s Public Policy & Administration Doctoral Program. He also conducts research and writes academic and practitioner articles about sustainability management. Read more...
  • Mar 18, 2019

    Students’ Workshop report draws media attention

    A capstone project by three La Follette School students was featured in a WisContext story as part of its series on food security and assistance in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) Division of Medicaid Services sought the students’ assistance with evaluating the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program, including whether it improves employment and earnings outcomes and increases self-sufficiency. Read more...
  • Mar 07, 2019

    Another Beard nomination for Hunter

    Jonny Hunter (MPA ’11) received his fifth straight nomination for a prestigious James Beard Award in the category of Best Chef: Midwest. The awards are considered the top honor in the culinary world. Read more...
  • Mar 06, 2019

    Alumni on the air: Vander Meer, Chapman

    Two La Follette School alumni recently shared their expertise with public radio listeners. John Vander Meer (MPA ’06) discussed the difficulties facing skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin, and Anne Chapman (MPA ’12) addressed education funding in the state. Read more...
  • Feb 13, 2019

    2004 alumnus promoted at White House OMB

    Daniel Kaneshiro (MPA ’04) was promoted to senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He is the lead policy analyst for several initiatives in the OMB’s Office of Federal Financial Management, including enterprise risk management, internal controls, and reporting and data integrity in accordance with guidance in OMB Circular No. A-123. Read more...
  • Jan 29, 2019

    Student, alumnus chosen for leadership program

    La Follette School student Erik Gartland and alumnus Brett Halverson (MPA ’14) were accepted into the New Leaders Council (NLC) fellowship program for spring 2019. Read more...
  • Jan 24, 2019

    Barca, Romanski named to state agency leadership positions

    La Follette School alumni Peter Barca (MA ’83) and Randy Romanski (MA ’95) have accepted positions in Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ administration. Read more...
  • Jan 24, 2019

    Alumna Askin on panel about international food and agriculture competition

    Molly Askin (MIPA ’03) returned to campus December 7 for the American Antitrust Institute’s Food & Agriculture Competition Roundtable at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She participated on the panel discussion Food Supply Chains: Integration, Globalization, and What it Means for Competition and Stability. Read more...
  • Jan 23, 2019

    Alumnus Speckhard leading merged international humanitarian organization

    Daniel Speckhard (MA ’82), a member of the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors, is leading the unified Lutheran World Relief-IMA World Health, after the two faith-based humanitarian organizations merged January 1. Speckhard, a former US ambassador, has led Lutheran World Relief since 2014. Read more...
  • Jan 14, 2019

    2006 alumna Klippel leading UW–Madison Budget Office

    Jennifer Klippel (MPA ’06) was named director of UW–Madison’s Budget Office on January 9. She served as interim director since July 2018, succeeding Tim Norris, who led the office since 2004. Read more...
  • Jan 14, 2019

    Alumna Shager sharing IRP’s efforts to reduce poverty during WN@TL

    Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) will discuss the Institute for Research on Poverty’s efforts to bring rigorous scientific evidence to bear on some of society’s thorniest problems during Wednesday Nite @ The Lab (WN@TL) January 16 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Read more...
  • Dec 10, 2018

    Eskrich takes passion, skills to systemic political reform efforts

    After several years working on health policy and in public service, Sara Eskrich (MPA/MPH ’15) has taken her passion for making a difference in a new direction. She now serves as chief of staff for Katherine Gehl and executive director of FixtheSystem–Wisconsin. Read more...
  • Nov 04, 2018

    Alumnus Gadow teaching UW–Madison planning course

    Bryan Gadow (’05 MPA) is teaching the Planning Workshop course for UW–Madison’s Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture (formerly Department of Urban and Regional Planning) this fall. Gadow is village administrator for New Glarus, in southwestern Wisconsin. Read more...
  • Oct 30, 2018

    Picture-perfect weather welcomes 2008 alumni for 10-year reunion

    Nearly half of La Follette School alumni in the Class of 2008 gathered in Madison from September 14 to 16 to celebrate its 10-year reunion. Joining them were approximately 25 children and 15 guests. Read more...
  • Oct 28, 2018

    Hunter’s Underground Butcher profiled

    The Fall 2018 issue Edible Madison featured the work of La Follette School Alumnus Jonny Hunter and the Underground Butcher. “While pursuing his studies and following his heart toward a life in politics, Hunter learned to cook, and from that perspective took interest in the more elemental aspects of sustainable local food systems,” Andy Radtke wrote. Read more...
  • Oct 28, 2018

    Alumnus honored by Public Management Research Association

    The Public Management Research Association (PMRA) honored John Bryson (MA ’72) with the 2018 H. George Frederickson Award for his career contributions to the field of public management. He is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Read more...
  • Oct 11, 2018

    La Follette School launched Gerlach on path to success

    Jason Gerlach (MA, JD ’96) credits much of his success to the quantitative skills he learned at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Read more...
  • Sep 25, 2018

    '18 alumnus Cruz to discuss poverty, pregnancy, neuroscience

    Joshua Cruz (MPA ’18), a student in the Neuroscience & Public Policy Program, is giving a presentation titled Poverty, Pregnancy, and Public Assistance Programs: A Neuroscience & Public Policy Perspective on Thursday, October 4. Read more...
  • Sep 25, 2018

    MIPA/JD alumnus Russell writes about political change in Ukraine

    The National Interest published an article by La Follette School alumnus Christopher Russell (MIPA/JD ’16) about Ukraine’s long struggle against corruption and the Revolution of Dignity movement. Read more...
  • Sep 02, 2018

    2011 alumna launches brewery

    Erika Jones (MPA ’11) and Jessica Jones opened Giant Jones Brewing Company on Madison’s near East Side in June. Erika Jones, executive director of FairShare CSA Coalition, is chief executive officer of the brewery, and Jessica Jones is the brewer. Read more...
  • Sep 02, 2018

    MPA alumna Mueller marries Wade Vincent

    Kelsey Mueller (MPA ’17) and Wade Vincent were married on May 5, 2018, at the Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Read more...
  • Aug 23, 2018

    Physician workforce report co-authored by alumna Andrae

    Richelle Andrae (MPA ’17) co-authored the 2018 Healthcare Workforce Report published by the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education & Workforce (WCMEW). Read more...
  • Aug 16, 2018

    Economist article references Chinn, Kucko paper

    An article in the July 26 edition of The Economist referenced a paper written by La Follette School Professor Menzie Chinn and Kavan Kucko (MIPA ’08). The article discussed how the yield curve for government bonds inverted just before each of the most recent U.S. recessions. Read more...
  • Jun 22, 2018

    Alumna Klippel named UW–Madison’s interim budget director

    UW–Madison Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller appointed Jennifer Klippel (MPA ’06) as interim budget director following the retirement of Tim Norris, who served in that role since 2004. Read more...
  • Jun 22, 2018

    2017 alumnus' MPA/MPH paper published

    The Health Behavior and Policy Review has published a paper by Joseph Bates (MPA/MPH ’17), Key Stakeholder Responses to Impaired Server Ordinances in Selected Wisconsin Municipalities. Read more...
  • Jun 04, 2018

    Recent alumnus seeking election in home state of Missouri

    Dominic Habjan (MPA ’18) is seeking election as county clerk in Missouri’s Vernon County. The primary election is August 7, and the general election is November 6. Read more...
  • May 31, 2018

    1982 La Follette alumnus Speckhard joins Board of Visitors

    Daniel Speckhard (MA ’82), president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, has joined the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors (BOV). Lutheran World Relief, an international development and relief organization, works in more than 30 countries. Read more...
  • May 30, 2018

    Hospital association hires Ellinger as VP

    Lisa Ellinger (MPA ’03) joined the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) as its new vice president of public policy. Read more...
  • May 15, 2018

    Alumna Foster named to Oregon's 40 under 40

    Portland Business Journal selected Sarah Foster (MPA, MPH ’14) for its 40 under 40 class of 2018. Foster will receive the award June 22 for her work as executive director of the Oregon Healthiest State Initiative. Read more...
  • May 15, 2018

    2012 alumnus presenting at Obesity Summit

    Nick Heckman (MPA ’12) is one of the presenters at the 2018 University of Wisconsin Obesity Management Summit in Madison on May 18 and 19. Read more...
  • Apr 10, 2018

    Alumnus to lead Discovery to Product office

    Andy Richards (MA ’92) has been selected as director of UW–Madison’s Discovery to Product (D2P) office. Read more...
  • Apr 03, 2018

    Alumna Sanders honored by Driver Foundation, participates in conference on reducing crime

    Katie Sanders (MIPA ’05), executive director of the Milwaukee nonprofit organization Safe & Sound, received a Driven to Achieve Award from the Donald Driver Foundation on March 24. Read more...
  • Mar 30, 2018

    2017 alumni plan to wed in 2019

    Classmates Karina Virrueta (MPA ’17) and Mitch Running, who is completing the dual MPA/MPH degree program in May, are planning a summer 2019 wedding. Read more...
  • Mar 15, 2018

    Rodriguez leading CBRE’s research, analysis in DC area

    Michael Rodriguez (MPA/MSURP '09) joined CBRE as the Greater DC Area Leader of Market Research and Analysis. Read more...
  • Mar 15, 2018

    Heifetz joins consulting company

    Michael Heifetz (MA ’91) joined Michael Best Strategies in December 2017. He is leading the state and federal healthcare practice at Michael Best, one of the nation’s fastesdt-growing business-to-business consulting companies. Read more...
  • Mar 12, 2018

    Alumna Cheng speaking on children's health disparities

    UW-Madison’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being is sponsoring a presentation by La Follette School alumna Erika Cheng (MPA ’11) on Wednesday, March 14. Read more...
  • Mar 09, 2018

    2007 alumnus Leon receives Forward under 40 Award

    The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) named Raul Leon (MIPA ’07, PhD ’10) as one of its eight Forward under 40 recipients for 2018. Read more...
  • Feb 16, 2018

    Alumnus Nicolini retires after 35+ years of public service

    Mark Nicolini (MA ’83) retired in September 2017 as the city of Milwaukee’s budget and management director, a position he had held since 2004. Throughout his career, he has shared his expertise with and provided guidance to dozens of La Follette School students. Read more...
  • Feb 12, 2018

    Evidence-Based Health Policy Project event features alumni discussing workforce issues

    Two La Follette School alumni – Richelle Andrae (MPA ’17) and Sara Koliner (MPA ’14) – are among the panelists for the next Evidence-Based Health Policy Project (EBHPP) briefing. Read more...
  • Feb 09, 2018

    Boardman joins UW System as government relations specialist

    David Boardman (MPA ’16) has joined the University of Wisconsin System as a government relations specialist. Most recently, Boardman was a legislative aide for State Rep. Joan Ballweg. Read more...
  • Jan 16, 2018

    Mayrack applying audit, legal skills in new role

    Brenda Mayrack (MPA, JD ’08) was appointed Delaware’s state escheator in the Department of Finance. In her new role, Mayrack will direct the state’s Office of Unclaimed Property. Read more...
  • Oct 10, 2017

    Alumnus Hintz chosen Assembly minority leader

    State Rep. Gordon Hintz (MPA ’01) began his duties as Assembly minority leader October 1. Hintz, a state lawmaker from Oshkosh, was elected by his colleagues to replace Rep. Peter Barca (MA ’83), who resigned. Read more...
  • Oct 09, 2017

    Maguire-Jack, colleagues awarded $3 million grant

    Katie Maguire-Jack (MPA ’06) and two colleagues received a $3 million grant to address substance abuse problems in Ohio. Maguire-Jack, who received her doctorate in social welfare from UW–Madison, is an assistant professor at The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. Read more...
  • Oct 09, 2017

    Alumna Quatrini joins faculty at Eckerd College in Florida

    Allison Quatrini (MIPA ’09) is an assistant professor in the Behavioral Sciences Collegium at Eckerd College in Florida after receiving a doctorate in political science from The George Washington University. She teaches Chinese Politics and Government, Comparative Politics, and Chinese Environmental Politics. Read more...
  • Oct 03, 2017

    Alumna Sanders transforming Milwaukee nonprofit Safe & Sound

    Led by Katie Sanders (MIPA ’05), the nonprofit organization Safe & Sound has increased its profile in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and beyond. Read more...
  • Oct 03, 2017

    Oct. 17: Policy After Work with Dresang, Tempelis

    La Follette School Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang and Peter Tempelis (MPA, JD ’06) will discuss their study about the high rate of turnover among assistant district attorneys (ADAs) during a La Follette School Policy After Work gathering on Tuesday, October 17. The networking opportunity for La Follette students, alumni, and friends begins at 5 p.m. at Brocach, 7 W. Main Street. Read more...
  • Sep 25, 2017

    PMF, networking help Eggert land NASA assignment

    Don Eggert (MPA ’15) is living out his dream of working for NASA, thanks to his Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) and La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager, who connected him with Jon Montgomery (MA ’93). Read more...
  • Sep 18, 2017

    Alumnus Frerick seeking U.S. House seat in Iowa

    A paper about the corporate tax base co-authored by Austin Frerick (MPA ’14) inspired the Iowa native to delve deeper into the issue of economic concentration in the United States. Further research prompted a return to his home state, where he launched a campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives this summer. Read more...
  • Sep 15, 2017

    Alumnus seeks to empower financially vulnerable populations

    As incubator director of the Filene Research Institute, Adam Lee (MPA ’08) is organizing a free community event in Madison on October 2 featuring author Lisa Servon. Lee joined Filene in May 2016 and leads the Reaching Minority Households project. Read more...
  • Sep 15, 2017

    Tempelis appointed Outagamie County DA

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appointed Melinda (Mindy) Tempelis (MPA, JD ’02) as Outagamie County’s district attorney. Read more...
  • Aug 25, 2017

    Health Policy Project heads to Fox Valley for Sept. 8 event

    The Evidence-Based Health Policy Project (EBHPP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is sponsoring a public discussion about community health on Friday, September 8 at UW–Fox Valley. State Representatives Dave Murphy, Mike Rohrkaste, and Amanda Stuck are hosting the event, which features six local groups working to improve health in the region. Read more...
  • Aug 22, 2017

    Student project prompts changes in Monterey County

    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. Read more...
  • Jun 06, 2017

    Journal picks alumnus' benefit-cost analysis paper one of 2016's top 3

    The editors of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis selected a paper by Deven Carlson (MPA ’15) and colleagues at the University of Oklahoma and University of New Mexico as one of the three best articles published during 2016. Read more...
  • Jun 01, 2017

    Vander Meer on panel discussing state's aging population, long-term care

    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. Read more...
  • May 22, 2017

    Bush assists with successful school referendum effort

    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. Read more...
  • May 22, 2017

    2005 alumnus receives leadership award

    Bryan Gadow (’05 MPA) received the Richard B. Schmied Leadership Award from the Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) on April 25. Schmied, who served as president of the New Glarus Village Board, was president of the GCDC when he passed away in 2000. Read more...
  • Mar 09, 2017

    Alumni Campbell, Clow on local ballots

    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. Read more...
  • Mar 03, 2017

    Education Analytics PAship a ‘great complement’ to policy grad program

    Rob Meyer’s commitment to improving K-12 students’ academic success spans three decades. As an educator and researcher, he has shared his passion with students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and school leaders across the country. Read more...
  • Feb 09, 2017

    WAA Forward under 40 Award presented to Peter Tempelis

    La Follette School alumnus Peter Tempelis (MPA, JD ’06) received a Forward under 40 Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) on February 2. Read more...
  • Feb 09, 2017

    Reception, award presentations draw over 200 people

    Alumni spanning four decades of graduation years gathered with La Follette School faculty, students, friends, and staff February 2 for a mid-winter reception at The Madison Club. Read more...
  • Feb 02, 2017

    2014 alumna Su on University of Utah faculty

    Leona Yi-Fan Su (MPA ’14) joined the Department of Communication at the University of Utah as assistant professor in communicating science, health, environment and risk. Read more...
  • Jan 18, 2017

    Stone scholars gain skills to improve public policy

    Since 2005, almost 40 students have benefitted from Mark Stone’s generous donations to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Stone, who lives in Illinois, has given several gifts to the La Follette School over the past 10 years to help graduate students gain the skills needed to improve the lives of people in the United States through public service. Read more...
  • Jan 03, 2017

    McDermott joins Seattle-based nonprofit education organization

    Drew McDermott (MPA ’16) joined Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) as a business analyst on its Data Science team. Read more...
  • Nov 29, 2016

    Alumna Bower has papers published by USDA

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers written by Alisha Bower (MPA ’16) while she was an international agriculture intern in Lima, Peru. The papers focus on biotechnology, climate change, and trade issues related to Peru’s agricultural industries as the country’s new president – Pedro Pablo Kuczynski – assumed office. Read more...
  • Nov 07, 2016

    Austin takes leadership role at Evidence-Based Health Policy Project

    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). Read more...
  • Oct 25, 2016

    2013 grad helping bridge science, policy

    The interdisciplinary Neuroscience Training Program (NTP) drew C.P. Frost to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The NTP’s joint graduate program with the La Follette School of Public Affairs – Neuroscience & Public Policy – sealed the deal. Read more...
  • Oct 24, 2016

    Offner Lecture to focus on children Nov. 3 in D.C.

    Distinguished scholars Ron Haskins, Isabel Sawhill, and C. Eugene Steuerle (MA ’72, MS ’73, PhD ‘75) will discuss Improving Opportunities for Children during the 2016 Paul Offner Lecture on Thursday, November 3. Read more...
  • Oct 13, 2016

    Alumni give back as speed-networking partners

    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. Read more...
  • Oct 06, 2016

    2003 grad promoted to Homeland Security Investigations Chicago chief intelligence officer

    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. Read more...
  • Aug 29, 2016

    Alumnus Russell is UW-Madison's first Fulbright-Clinton fellow

    Christopher Russell (MIPA/JD ’16) has been awarded a Fulbright Program grant to work in Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice through the Clinton Public Policy Fellowship. Read more...
  • Aug 19, 2016

    Policy training serves Eskrich well as city council member

    In a recent article on Madison’s diverse 13th Aldermanic District, The Cap Times highlighted the work of Sara Eskrich (MPA/MPH ’15), who has represented the district since April 2015. Read more...
  • Aug 11, 2016

    Paper by ’14 alumnus Frerick focuses on corporate taxes

    Austin Frerick (MPA ’14) co-authored a paper about how the corporate tax base has changed during recent years. Frerick and Laura Power, both in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis, used micro-economic tax return data from 1992 to 2013 to compute the first time-series on the normal return fraction for all nonfinancial C corporations, for multinationals, and for industries. Read more...
  • Aug 10, 2016

    GAO interns gain from training, alumni, funding

    Seven La Follette School students learned the intricacies of federal program evaluation and auditing at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) this summer. They also experienced the tight group of La Follette School alumni in and around the nation’s capital – known as the DC Bobs. Read more...
  • Jul 22, 2016

    Alumnus Peter Tempelis chosen as assistant attorney general in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel named Peter Tempelis (MPA, JD ’06) an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control & Elder Abuse Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Read more...
  • Jul 15, 2016

    Alumnus Bell named Ethics Commission administrator

    The Wisconsin Ethics Commission unanimously selected Brian Bell (MPA ’10) as its first administrator. Bell currently serves as a budget and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Read more...
  • Jul 12, 2016

    Hadley promoted to deputy director at Congressional Budget Office

    Mark Hadley (MA '97) was named deputy director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), where he has worked for 15 years in various capacities. He began his new responsibilities June 6. Read more...
  • Jul 12, 2016

    Alumnus, Gladfelter recipient team up to study ELL reclassification

    Deven Carlson (MPA '07) and Jared Knowles, a 2015 Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation recipient, co-authored a report in the Summer 2016 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Their report is titled The Effect of English Language Learner Reclassification on Student ACT Scores, High School Graduation, and Postsecondary Enrollment: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Wisconsin. Read more...
  • Jul 12, 2016

    2009 graduate Rodriguez co-authors Walkable Urban Places report

    Michael Rodriguez (MPA/MSURP '09) co-authored his first major publication as director of research at Smart Growth American/George Washington University. The report, Foot Traffic Ahead 2016, ranks the country’s top 30 metropolitan areas based on the amount of commercial development in Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs). Read more...
  • Jul 07, 2016

    Alumnus Kulig coordinating career services

    Steve Kulig (MPA ’14) returned to his alma mater as the La Follette School’s new career services coordinator and department administrator in April. As career services coordinator, Kulig helps students devise job-search strategies, manages alumni job placement data, and maintains the School’s network of potential employers, including those appropriate for internships. Read more...

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