Alumni updates – June 2024

Brian Mooney (MPA ’03) was selected as Shorewood Hills village administrator. He will assume his duties on July 15. Prior to this appointment, Mooney worked as village administrator/economic development and tourism director in Cross Plains, Wisconsin. He has also worked as administrator/clerk-treasurer for the Village of Merrimac, Wisconsin and in various management positions within the Social Security Administration. In addition to his MPA, Mooney received bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from UW–Madison.

Jiaqi Lu (MIPA ’14) started a new position as senior academic researcher at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center. Previously, Lu was a postdoctoral fellow in the Science Technology and International Affairs Program at Georgetown University.

Lauren Jorgensen (MPA ’20) was promoted to budget and financial analysis manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Previously, she worked in the department as a senior budget and policy analyst and for the State of Colorado, where she reviewed budget requests from state agencies to make recommendations to the governor and other senior staff.

Johanna Schmidt (MPA ’24) started a new role as policy advisor at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. While at La Follette, Schmidt worked as a project assistant with the UW–Madison Center for Financial Security. Previously, she has worked in the Commissioner’s Office of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

Andrew VanderMeer (MPA ’24) started as a fiscal analyst at the Legislative Fiscal Bureau in June. He is assigned to the Health and Family Services Team, where he will advise state legislators as a subject expert on a portfolio of programs under the Department of Health Services and the Department of Children and Families. While at La Follette, VanderMeer was a project assistant with the Wisconsin Early Childhood Health Consultation.

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