Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni News

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.

Kyle Weatherly (MPA ’06) of Milwaukee was among three University of Wisconsin System Regents appointed by Governor Tony Evers on June 1.

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.

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