Connect with Alumni

Students can meet and work with La Follette School alumni and friends, many of whom hold important positions in international organizations; federal, state, and local government agencies; nonprofit organizations; and private business.


Ways to connect

Many La Follette School alumni and friends share information about their jobs and workplaces, participate in professional development functions that highlight their knowledge and experience, and provide informational interviews for students.


Alumni also serve as mentors, meaning students can arrange to meet with them two or more times to talk about career opportunities, visit a work site, discuss interviews, and/or review resumes.

How to get alumni contact information

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Talk to La Follette School Career Services Coordinator and staff

Talk to the Career Services Coordinator, Associate Director, student services staff, outreach staff, or the University Relations Specialist

Badger Bridge

Look alumni up on Badger Bridge (access limited to University of Wisconsin–Madison students & alumni).

Badger Bridge is a UW-Madison specific networking tool that allows you to both re-connect with old classmates as well as enabling you to utilize the trusted UW-Madison environment to expand your professional network.


Find and contact them via the alumni search feature on the La Follette LinkedIn Page; and/or the UW LinkedIn Page.

Don’t forget to check the LinkedIn page for your undergraduate school if it was not UW. You may have double the alumni to call on for assistance!

UW Alumni Facebook Groups

Join UW alumni groups on Facebook related to the city where you hope to live.

Examples: DC Badgers, Big Apple Badgers, Mile High Alumni, Chicago Badgers, etc…

Employer websites

You can try to find alumni contact information on their employer’s web site

If you find alumni information is out of date, please email so staff can follow up with alumni to update.

Alumni News and Profiles

Alumni News

  • Pages from the La Follette School's 2021-2022 highlights report

    Annual report highlights a year of growth and accomplishments

    The school honored 47 outstanding master’s degree graduates, grew its undergraduate course enrollment to more than 700 students, and continued to act as a convener of thoughtful debate.

  • Profile photos of Richelle Andrae (MPA’17), Noah Roberts (MPA ‘19), and Carte’cia Lawrence (MPA ’22)

    Alumni News – September 2022

    Recent updates about La Follette School alumni.

  • Alumni News – August 2022

    We all have our niche, and La Follette School grads are no exception. Our alumni have recently dived deep into the dangers of artificial intelligence, nuclear energy justice, and the Tariff Act of 1930.

  • Alumni News – July 2022

    La Follette School alumni make important contributions at many stages of their careers. Recently, our alumni have been recognized for their investigative journalism, their commitment to community building and social justice, and more.

  • Photo collage of La Follette alumni Natalie Solverson, Austin Frerick, and Oindrila VanMeter

    Alumni News — June 2022

    Which alum was named a "Champion of Pride"? Who started a new position recently? Find out in this month's alumni news.

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Alumni Profiles

  • Jamie Aulik (MPA ’06)

    Having served at the federal, state, county, and local level, I’m living proof that a La Follette School education can literally prepare you for almost any career field in government.

  • Mitchell Running (MPA ’17, MPH ’18)

    The La Follette School will give you the tools necessary to be successful in a career in public policy, regardless of the sector or level of government you are interested in.

  • 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.

  • Emma Cleveland, MPA ’20

    Having professors like Dave Weimer and Greg Nemet consistently challenge me—asking questions, throwing curve balls into assignments, and making us do some serious critical thinking—has really helped me become a more confident employee.

  • Megan Stritchko (MPA ’09)

    The La Follette School was recommended to me by an alum. I was drawn to the coursework that could develop my quantitative skills and to the wide variety of elective courses that I could choose from. I knew that I wanted to use my MPA in public service and was drawn to the La Follette School as the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea.

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