For situations involving Wisconsin elections and numbers, La Follette School alum Brian Bell is the man to turn to.
For Melissa Berger, local trumps global. After completing a bachelor's degree in international political science, the La Follette student worked as a real estate agent and grounded herself in Madison and its myriad development and city management processes. "I find I enjoy making a local difference," she says.
The classmates and professors I’ve met are some of the smartest, most reflective, and most passionate people I have known.
As an analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Administration's budget office, alum Breann Boggs helps the governor's office and state agencies devise the state's two-year spending plan.
Alisha Bower has a plan that will take her to Latin America and then bring her home to the United States, ultimately to run a farm. "I want to work in international agriculture development," the first-year student says, "then I will return to the U.S., put down roots and work on sustainable agriculture issues, eventually transitioning into farming myself."
After six years in the private sector, Claire Boyce knew she wanted to hone her management and analytical skills.
Pete Braden's life work is to bring an end to factory farming. "Industrial farms torture animals, destroy the land, spread disease and cause unnecessary human hunger," says the first-year La Follette School student.
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."
The Nature Conservancy selected La Follette School student Emily H. Capodarco for its Wisconsin Board of Trustees. Capodarco is serving in an advisory (non-voting) capacity as part of the organization’s student trustee program, which aims to develop the next generation of nonprofit board members and leaders.