Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Planning

Michael Rodriguez (MPA/MSURP '09) joined CBRE as the Greater DC Area Leader of Market Research and Analysis.

A belief in the power of policymakers to create public policy that helps people led Ellen Hildebrand to a career in urban planning and housing policy.

The generalist in Emma Schumann drew her to the La Follette School and its Master of Public Affairs degree, as did advice from a couple of alumni and a faculty members.

2000 alum Carole Schaeffer is one of the 25 most influential people in the greater Madison area, local web site IBMadison.com announced

Growing up in a working class Milwaukee neighborhood and getting bused to a wealthy suburb for school primed La Follette School student Caroline McCormack for pursuing a career in housing and community development.

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.

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.

The only commonality among Elizabeth "Buff" Wright's career job descriptions has been "other duties as assigned." Now assistant vice president and secretary to the board of trustees of Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, California, the 1981 La Follette alum is helping to establish a school of biopharmacy that will prepare pharmacists to work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as well as in modern pharmacy practice.

A passion for public service and an interest in energy policy brought Amy Klusmeier to the La Follette School. Four years later she is evaluating public programs as an analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

Lawmakers in California can thank alum Peter Detwiler's experience in Wisconsin for the easy-to-read legislative analyses he prepared for them to summarize what a proposed statute would do, why it was needed, its cost, why certain interests opposed or supported it, and the bill's legislative history.

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