Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni Profiles

Friday, August 26, 2016

Aaron Varner (MPA '09)

It’s a small, tight-knit school with access to world-class, big-campus resources.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Joanna Marks (MPA '10)

A degree from La Follette is extremely versatile and well-regarded.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Joe Fontaine (MPA '08)

Learning to write clearly and concisely, presenting in every class, and meeting the real-world needs of the clients for our capstone projects have helped me learn how to ensure my technical skills have a real-world effect.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Alisha Bower (MPA '16)

"Not only are you getting the amazing resources in social policy and quantitative analysis provided by the La Follette faculty, but you have access to courses throughout the entire university to craft your degree precisely to your career goals."

Monday, August 8, 2016

Scott Williams (MPA '10)

"During my time at La Follette, I was able to specialize in a particular topic area (energy policy) that I had great interest in."

As a newspaper reporter, John Vander Meer learned the impact of government policy on people’s lives. That sparked his interest in how public policy was constructed and brought him back to his hometown and the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Alum Jennifer Vandermeuse’s training in policy analysis helps her explain to Wisconsin judges how their decisions will affect the state as a whole.

When BJ Dernbach’s boss joined the Wisconsin Assembly’s Labor Committee, the La Follette School alum was thankful for the training he’d received in the building blocks he needs to quickly synthesize and summarize a lot of information about a policy topic in which he has no background.

With the La Follette School’s emphasis on clear communication, Katie O’Sullivan has parlayed her interest in data analysis into a career that spans the public and private sectors. As PricewaterhouseCoopers’(PwC) Midwest Region Practice Director, the 2000 alum develops and drives project initiatives that affect six Midwest markets and the region as a whole.

Meghan Doherty is right where she wants to be a year after graduating from the La Follette School: working on natural resource management and environmental policy in an international context.

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