Katie Lorenze (MIPA ’14) joined the La Follette School of Public Affairs as department administrator on Monday, August 13. Lorenze replaces Steve Kulig (MPA ’14), who became associate director in May.
Lorenze, who is fluent in Spanish, most recently served as a research analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. During her graduate studies, she was the faculty liaison for the La Follette School Student Association, a teaching assistant for International Studies, and an instructor in the Department of Life Science Communication.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and Hispanic studies from UW–Madison in 2009. As an undergrad, she worked with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health as a research assistant and a bilingual coordinator at a local free clinic. She also studied in Chile for a semester.
From September 2009 to June 2011, Lorenze served as a language and cultural ambassador for the Ministry of Education in Spain, and from 2011 to 2012 as a bilingual family outreach worker for Head Start on Madison’s south side.
While a student at the La Follette School, she completed three client-based projects: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Implementing an Online Voter Registration System in Wisconsin for the state Government Accountability Board, Supervisor Safety Decision Making Evaluation Plan for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and Understanding South Asian Labor Migration for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.