Alumni News — October 2022

Profile photos of Raul Leon (MIPA ’07), Corissa Uselmann (MPA ’20), Dhrtvan Sherman (BA, CiPP ’22)
From left to right Raul Leon (MIPA ’07), Corissa Uselmann (MPA ’20), Dhrtvan Sherman (BA, CiPP ’22)

Hannah Harris (MA ’98) started as a program and communications associate at the Channel Foundation, a small private foundation which makes grants around the world to support women’s rights and feminist movements. As part of this role, she will research topics related to foundation priority focus areas, assist with evaluating grantee proposals and reports, assist with maintenance of the grants management system, and make website updates. Harris is also the director of development and communications for The Women’s Center, a nonprofit that provides safety, shelter, and support to women impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, and trafficking.

Raul Leon (MIPA ’07) was recognized as one of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Latino Leaders for 2022 by Madison365. Leon is the assistant vice provost for student engagement and scholarship programs at UW–Madison. He oversees and directs a portfolio of identity-based scholarship programs, including the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community, the Posse program, the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), and the Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from UW–Madison and a Master’s of International Public Affairs from the La Follette School.

Sam Alhadeff (MIPA ’18) shared a story that features the work his Development Innovation Ventures team at the U.S. Agency of International Development does. Earlier this year, Alhadeff started a new position with the agency. He is a portfolio manager for development innovation ventures, contracted through Social Solutions International. Previously, Alhadeff worked for nearly three years with Grant Thornton Public Sector. While completing his MIPA, Alhadeff interned for JA Green and Company, a boutique government affairs firm in Washington, D.C.

Corissa Uselmann (MPA ’20) has been appointed by Governor Tony Evers as a public member of both the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board as well as to the Interior Design Section of the A-E Examining Board. Previously, she worked as an operations manager for gener8tor, a venture capital firm and accelerator that brings together startup founders, investors, corporations, job seekers, and artists, and as director of constituent services and correspondence outreach for the Office of Governor Tony Evers.

Abby Harrison (MPA ’21) started a position as the program and policy analyst for the Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Economic Security, Bureau of Working Families. While completing her MPA, Harrison worked as a communications and outreach specialist at the UW–Madison Office of the Provost for Teaching and Learning.

Daniel Ledin (BA, CiPP ‘21) was featured in a UW–Madison International Division story about his path to his current role as a program associate in IREX, a government contractor that specializes in international development and civil society. At IREX, Ledin works in the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, part of the Young African Leaders Initiative sponsored by the State Department to give young African leaders the opportunity to live and study in the United States for six weeks. As an undergraduate at UW–Madison, Ledin participated in the Wisconsin in Washington program in spring 2021, where he interned with Ambassador Donald Planty as an executive assistant at the ambassador’s consulting firm, Planty & Associates, LLC. Ledin graduated from UW–Madison with bachelor’s degrees in international studies and political science and a Certificate in Public Policy in May 2021.

Dhrtvan Sherman (BA, CiPP ’22) was featured in a story by the UW–Madison International Division about how the Wisconsin in Washington internship program facilitated his path to Washington, D.C. Sherman currently works for the U.S. House of Representatives as a staff assistant to the Committee on Education and Labor. He participated in Wisconsin in Washington during spring 2022, interning at the office of Congressman Mark Pocan. While on campus, Sherman also served as membership director for College Democrats and then on the leadership council for Wisconsin AAPIs (Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders), where he handled social media for then-candidate Joe Biden in the leadup to the 2020 presidential race. In addition to those roles, Sherman also interned in the office of then-Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and worked part-time as a correspondence assistant for Governor Tony Evers throughout 2021. He graduated from UW–Madison in May 2022 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and a Certificate in Public Policy.

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