Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Alumni News - July 2021

Roger Rowin (MA ’74) ♦ Rob Cramer (MA ’92) ♦ Tamarine Cornelius (MA ‘99) ♦ Lamont Smith (MPA '07) ♦ Andrew Kell (MPA ’10) ♦ Rachel (Moskowitz) Svoboda (MPA ‘07) ♦ Sara Eskrich (MPA, MPH ’15) ♦ Aaron Dumas (MPA, JD ’15) ♦ Drew Curtis (MPA ’16) ♦ Atiya Siddiqi (MIPA ’18) ♦ Michael Sauer (BA ’21)

This past spring, the La Follette School launched Elevating Equity in Policymaking and hosted two outstanding alumni. Theola Carter (MA ’91) and Frances Huntley-Cooper (MA ’94) shared brief information about their careers in public service and answered questions from students.

The La Follette School’s first all-virtual alumni reunion is less than a month away! Alumni from 1975 through 2018 already have registered for the hour-long event on Thursday, May 13.

Monday, March 15, 2021

In Memoriam: Andrew Kemp (MA '91)

Andrew D. Kemp (MA ’91) passed on February 8 at the age of 53 from complications of COVID-19.

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated alumna Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Thomas-Greenfield received her master’s degree in public administration from UW–Madison’s Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration – the La Follette School’s predecessor – in 1975.

Tawsif Anam (MPA ’13) has been nominated for a Professional Elevation Award by Madison Magnet, Madison's largest young professional organization. Voting continues online through Friday, Sept. 11. 

After 13 years’ experience in international humanitarian aid, Bill Schmitt (MIPA ’05) joined United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin (UMCS) in Milwaukee as its executive director. He previously worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), leading relief efforts for some of the world’s most challenging crises, including the Darfur Genocide, the War in Afghanistan, the West Sumatran Earthquake, and the Syrian civil war.

Like everyone across the globe, Dr. Allison Couture (MPA ’20) had her world turned upside down when COVID-19 struck. However, Couture had a unique vantage point: as a master’s degree student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and as a practicing doctor.  

As Kassandra Martinchek (MPA ’19) marked her one-year anniversary at the Urban Institute, she reflected on her efforts promoting evidence-based, actionable solutions for household financial well-being and food security.

The Committee to Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment selected Frances Huntley-Cooper (MA, 1994) for its inaugural Women Who Inspire award.

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