Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni News

Colin Higgins (MPA ’16) has played a key role at The Governance Project since 2018. As program director, Higgins has contributed to projects that help municipalities stimulate private investment in low-income communities, effectively finance community-focused development projects, and support small business through the COVID-19 crisis.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers named Randy Romanski (MA ‘95) as secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). This will be Romanski’s second stint as DATCP secretary, previously leading the agency during Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration.

Incoming University of Wisconsin System President and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson announced that Tom Loftus (MA ’72) and Scott Neitzel will co-chair his transition team.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Alumni join Board of Visitors

The La Follette School of Public Affairs welcomed two alumni to its Board of Visitors (BOV) – Theola Carter (MA ’91) and Carolyn Hill (MA ’96).

Nineteen graduate students participated in the La Follette School’s third career exploration visit to Chicago in October 2019. Over two days, students visited four employers and learned about career paths during a panel discussion with alumni.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Austin harnesses Wisconsin Idea at DHS

Sam Austin (MIPA ’08) joined the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) as a senior policy advisor in December 2019.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2019 alumna featured on PBS Wisconsin

Abby Swetz (MPA ’19) spoke about the need for housing for survivors of domestic violence in Wisconsin during a segment of PBS Wisconsin’s Noon Wednesday on November 6, 2019.

Richelle Andrae (MPA ’17) announced her candidacy for the Dane County Board of Supervisors, District 11. Andrae is a strategic policy analyst at Deloitte, where she works with Wisconsin Medicaid’s eHealth & Quality Team to support the state’s health IT priorities.

Katie Sanders (MIPA ’05) has joined the Milwaukee Public Museum as chief planning officer after nearly six years as executive director of Safe & Sound. In her new role, she will coordinate the planning of exhibits and visitor experiences, space planning, partnerships, lobbying, public relations, and building and construction planning.

 

Darin Harris (MA ’95) left his position in UW–Madison’s Office of Strategic Consulting in September to focus on the leadership and consulting company he co-founded three years ago – Living, Giving Enterprises. The company serves leaders who want to thrive in today's complex, fast-changing conditions.

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