Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

2003 alum Becky Webster helps her community navigate government relations, handle real estate issues, and preserve its heritage.

Dominique Williams' career plans did an about-face after she got to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She expected to work as an attorney to advocate for underrepresented communities after she completed her dual degree in law and public affairs. "I originally thought I would be a practicing attorney and that my policy degree would be supplemental," she says.

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Williams coordinates energy analysis, research

Even as Scott Williams shifts his career from journalism to energy analysis, he finds his communications skills coming in handy as he researches and organizes information for the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Wisconsin–Madison Energy Institute.

A talented and creative manager first got John Wilson-Tepeli thinking about the value of public affairs training and eventually led him to enroll at the La Follette School in the double-degree program in urban and regional planning.

Alum Ben Winig is partnering with communities around the United States so people can lead healthier lives by making the healthy choice the easy choice. The attorney and program director at ChangeLab Solutions provides legal and policy technical assistance to state and local elected officials, government agencies and community-based organizations.

Alum Saul Wolf connects quality, low-cost money transfer firms to credit unions, financial  cooperatives and other micro-finance entities as remittances manager at the World Council of Credit Unions.

Student Leni Wolf is combining her teaching experience with policy analysis tools so she can improve the educational system and students' everyday experiences.

For Scott Wood, graduate school has been about opportunities — and making the most of them. In doing so, the second-year La Follette School student has become an expert on Wisconsin's economy and employment prospects, and on domestic violence conviction rates in Milwaukee.

An in-depth look by La Follette School students at services for frail older adults and people with physical and developmental disabilities is helping the Wisconsin Department of Health Services improve those services and the collection and organization of data.

Three 2009 La Follette School graduates will give an encore of their workshop presentation to a Milwaukee Common Council committee in July. After hearing their recommendations on municipal solid waste collection fees in May, Mayor Tom Barrett suggested that the students share their findings with the Common Council.
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