Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Outreach

Leaders from local and state government and legislative offices engaged in two days of learning and discussion during the 18th Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) Leadership Seminar.

To extend the reach of the La Follette Forum on Climate Policy, approximately 100 Madison West High School students participated in virtual climate change simulations with the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) November 23.

The La Follette School’s 40th Family Impact Seminar will focus on child care access and availability in Wisconsin. Alejandra Roz Pilarz, Anna Markowitz, and JoAnn Hsueh will share their research during the School’s signature event for the State Legislature.

The La Follette School is hosting writer and commentator David Brooks on Wednesday, October 27. Free general-admission tickets for the presentation, Policy and Politics with David Brooks, are available via the Memorial Union Box Office.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Alumnus Running joins Staff

La Follette School alumnus Mitchell Running (MPA ’17, MPH ’18) returned to his alma mater in July as the School’s legislative liaison. Running will lead the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and the School’s other legislative outreach efforts.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Thank You, Alumni!

To all our alumni who participated in Alumni Connections 2021 – THANK YOU! While the pandemic kept us socially distanced, the La Follette School hosted three events this spring to bring alumni together virtually for the very first time in the School’s history.


The La Follette School is seeking candidates for a public affairs outreach specialist. Applications are due Thursday, August 13.

What a difference a year has made – 10 exceptional faculty, 19 outstanding certificate program graduates, 350 dedicated health policy leaders, three enthusiastic staff, and so much more. Simply put, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison is experiencing the most extensive growth in its 37-year history. 

The La Follette School’s legislative outreach efforts were going strong right up until Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order on March 24, 2020. By that date, 50 of the 132 Wisconsin legislative offices had participated in at least one event such as the Family Impact Seminar, Office Hours at the Capitol, or La Follette Forum on Health Policy, or engaged in personal meetings.  

Friday, December 20, 2019

Alumna Ellinger named Outreach Director

Lisa Ellinger (MPA ’03) joined the La Follette School of Public Affairs as outreach director on December 16. In this new role funded by the Kohl Initiative, Ellinger is leading the School’s far-reaching efforts to expand its outreach mission.

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