Alumni news – October 2023

Patrick Proctor-Brown (MPA ’15) was promoted to partner at Quarles & Brady LLP. Proctor-Brown has worked for the Quarles & Brady Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group since 2015. As a JD-MPA dual degree student at UW–Madison, he prepared a cost-benefit analysis for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, completed a capstone report on public participation for Madison Metro Transit, and interned with Judge Lynn Adelman of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Richelle Andrae (MPA ’17) was elected to the Wisconsin Women in Government board of directors. Andrae is a government relations specialist at the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, the professional association of Wisconsin’s 17 federally qualified health centers. These clinics serve both rural and urban patients, primarily those on Medicaid, uninsured, or under-insured.

Erin Smith (MPA ’21) was elected to the Wisconsin Women in Government board of directors. Smith works as a grants specialist at the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Administration. While at La Follette, she completed a graduate internship with the City of La Crosse. Smith graduated from UW–Madison with an MPA and a certificate in energy analysis policy in 2021.

Caleb Kulinski (MIPA ’21) is starting a new position as advocacy coordinator at the Madison Public Schools Foundation. Previously, Kulinski served as director of advocacy and partner engagement at Indy Hunger Network, an Indianapolis-based organization working to ensure access to healthy food for people living in central Indiana.

Jack Connors (MPA ’22) is starting a new position as a research and communications associate at the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA transit system in New York. Previously, Connors served as a legislative fellow for New York Senator Brad Hoylman. While completing his MPA, Connors worked as a policy research assistant for 1000 Friends of Wisconsin.

Carte’cia Lawrence (MPA ’22) was featured in a Madison365 story about the Race to Equity 10-year report issued by Kids Forward, where she works as a senior racial equity policy analyst. The report found that while some measures of prosperity have improved for Black residents of Dane County in the past 10 years, disparities between Black and white income, wealth, educational attainment, and health care outcomes have, for the most part, persisted.

Natalia Borowska (MPA ’23) accepted a position at the Small Business Advocacy Council as their new community engagement specialist. In this role, she will work with local chambers of commerce and entrepreneurs to advocate for Chicagoland’s small businesses. While completing her degree, Borowska served as a graduation coordinator and worked on the La Follette School outreach team.

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