Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Alum Jennifer Gonda builds connections between the city of Milwaukee and the state and federal governments.

Thursday, 26 December 2019 12:14

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.

Alum Lisa Ellinger will participate in a legislative briefing on the use of health-care data to improve efficiency and quality of health care in Wisconsin. The briefing, "Health Care Quality, Effectiveness, and Value: How Might State of Wisconsin Investments Pay Off?," is Thursday, October 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room 411 South of the State Capitol.

Farha Tahir has no doubt her classmates will take extraordinary measures to put their passion for public service to work. "When we walk across this stage, it signifies a change, a transfer of power," she told her classmates gathered in the Assembly Chamber of the Wisconsin Capitol for the La Follette School's May 15 graduation celebration.

After five years immersed in state and congressional politics, Brett Halverson decided the time had come to go back to school so he can work at a higher level of legislative policy creation and analysis.

Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00

Hartung develops analytical skills, methods

Curiosity about statistical methods brought Adam Hartung to the La Follette School. "I wanted to have a better understanding of how public policies are created and evaluated at a level higher than when I'm talking about a news story with friends," says the second-year Master of Public Affairs student.

Avid debate about health-care reform gave Alex Hartzman the career focus he was looking for. Daily discussions with co-workers about the pros and cons of the federal health reform inspired the astrophysics major that he decided to study health policy in graduate school.

Teague Harvey's academic preparation for the Master of Public Affairs program was somewhat unusual: She double-majored in history and vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

A desire to fight poverty by improving public policy brings Hope Harvey to the La Follette School. She finds that the Master of Public Affairs program is teaching her the quantitative methods she needs to strengthen her understanding of the theoretical aspects of poverty and policies formed to alleviate it.

Health-care reform makes "free and vigorous" advocacy around private insurance issues available to more Americans, according to a study co-authored by 2002 alum Sarah Davis.
Page 9 of 24