Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: MPA

Monday, October 5, 2020

Victoria Casola, MPA

Coming from a political science background, the La Follette School made me realize that there is more to policy than partisan debate and antics. We look at a policy from an objective point of view and review the evidence in front of us to make the judgment call if the policy is “good” or not.

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.

Richelle Andrae (MPA ’17) announced her candidacy for the Dane County Board of Supervisors, District 11. Andrae is a strategic policy analyst at Deloitte, where she works with Wisconsin Medicaid’s eHealth & Quality Team to support the state’s health IT priorities.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Grad student chosen for Emerge Wisconsin

La Follette School student Maureen Purcell is one of 30 women selected for Emerge Wisconsin’s Class of 2020. Emerge Wisconsin is an affiliate of Emerge, which has trained more than 4,000 women across the country to run for public office since 2002.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Kate Austin Stanford (MPA/MPH '15)

"Skills that I learned and gained in graduate school, I’ve used in the private sector as well as in the public sector. That includes quantitative analysis and strong writing skills, as well as the ability to interpret data and research findings and then translate them from academia into more plain language – this makes research and learning accessible across different audiences."

Since graduating from the La Follette School, Andrew Behm (MPA ’15) has moved between the private and public sectors, but his work has always involved helping municipalities pay the bills. His new position as a capital finance officer at the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) is in the same vein.

Master of Public Affairs (MPA) candidate Mikhaila Calice shared her perspective on addressing climate change during the Fastest Path to Zero Summit in April at the University of Michigan. Summit participants included high-level clean energy and climate leaders, policymakers, news reporters, and faculty from Michigan’s energy policy and engineering programs.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Students, alumni named PMF finalists

La Follette School students Patrick Landers and Vanessa Studer along with Casey Hutchison (MIPA ’18) and Danny Benson (MPA ’17) advanced as finalists in the highly competitive Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Noah Roberts, MPA

On one of my first days in the program, a faculty member told our cohort, “If you’re interested in making money, you’re in the wrong program. We’re in the business of making the world a better place.” From that moment, I knew I made the right choice.

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