Alumni news – May 2023

Portraits of alumni Chris Meyers, Anna Brunner, and Willem Weigel
From left to right: Chris Meyers (MPA ’18), Anna Brunner (MPA ’17), and Willem Weigel (MPA ’23)

Anna Brunner (MPA ’17) was promoted to senior analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Previously, she worked as a management and program analyst and then as a senior analyst for the same office. Prior to her work at the GAO, Brunner was a senior consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Stephanie Marburger (MPA-MPH ’18) started a new role as manager of grassroots advocacy with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, where she will focus on advocacy efforts to improve quality of care. Previously, she worked as a public policy coordinator for the organization. Prior to her work with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Marburger was a program coordinator for the Children’s National Health System.

Chris Meyers (MPA ’18) recently accepted a new job as deputy chief of staff in the U.S. Department of Commerce on the CHIPS investment team. Previously, Meyers worked at Grant Thornton Public Sector (now Guidehouse), where he managed a team of 10 employees supporting a law enforcement client, and as a senior manager at MetaPhase Consulting.

Stephanie Murray (MPA ’18) accepted a position as a contributing writer at the Atlantic. Prior to this appointment, Murray worked as a freelance journalist and has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, the Guardian, and FiveThirtyEight. As an MPA student, she won the Penniman Prize for the best paper demonstrating the school’s writing and analytic tools.

Dana Nielsen (MPA ’22) started a new position as technical assistance project manager at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, where she has previously worked as a project manager of the Main Street Bounceback program and as an Office of Rural Prosperity intern. While completing her MPA, Neilsen served as the La Follette School Student Association vice president and then president.

Adam Kanter (MPA ’22) accepted a role with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a workforce development researcher. Kanter previously worked as a data integration manager for the Colorado Department of Higher Education. He graduated with an MPA and a certificate in energy analysis policy in May 2022.

Willem Weigel (MPA ’23) accepted a position with Waukesha County in Wisconsin as a budget and policy (financial) analyst. While completing his MPA, Weigel interned at the Office of the Wisconsin State Treasurer, where he crafted memos on relevant policy and legislation to the State Treasurer’s Office and coordinated responses and coordination with constituents across the state.

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