Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni Profiles

Highways are paved, people are fed and homes are energy efficient due to the vigilance of 1980 alum Gary L. Endicott, who became legislative counsel of the U.S. Senate on January 1.

When La Follette School alum Craig Knutson took a position as assistant to the county administrator in 1979, he had no idea that 35 years later he'd be looking back on a lifelong career serving residents of Rock County in southern Wisconsin.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Moran tackles policy challenges

Christian Moran's love of approaching problems from different perspectives brought him from journalism to policy analysis. "I like having the ability to look at problems and improve situations," the 2006 alum says.

Virginia Andersen, a 2015 graduate of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, is a program analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

The first project for which alum Danielle Giese was the analyst in charge hit home: Her father administered a grassroots community program that is funded by the U.S. Office of Community Services.

More companies and organizations in Norway and Asia will be making the world smaller under the management of La Follette School alum Daniel Bellefleur. The 2010 alum is helping Norway's version of the U.S. Peace Corps expand its programming in Asia.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Herrem brightens future for at-risk youth

Rather than being incarcerated, at-risk teen boys are learning how to grow and sell organic vegetables, practice good financial skills, and market and sell products, thanks in part to Katie Herrem's work with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The opportunity to study nonprofit leadership brought Shiyao Cao to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. "When I was researching graduate schools, not many provided classes in nonprofit management," the second-year student says. "The La Follette School's Master of Public Affairs degree program lets me customize my classes to fit my interests."

James Gultry uses the keen policy analysis skills he learned at the La Follette Institute every day as he prepares a contract or agreement between the U.S. Agency for International Development and nongovernmental organizations working in Ghana, Liberia, Benin, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Pakistan, Afghanistan and most recently Ethiopia.

1996 alum Kristen Johnson has spent decades researching how to keep foster children safe after they are reunited with their families.

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