As president of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, alum George Lightbourn leads the nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization as it works to engage and energize Wisconsinites and others in discussions and timely action on key public policy issues critical to the state's future, growth and prosperity.
My most rewarding experience at La Follette was working with the Wisconsin Legislature on a special taskforce to address childhood obesity.
Rob Meyer is helping Wisconsin school districts do a better job. As the director of the Value-Added Research Center, the La Follette School research professor is helping districts across Wisconsin and the United States determine which programs and elements of teaching help students do better academically.
On the Wednesday of finals week, La Follette School students Bo McCready, Ian Ritz, Rocio Sanchez-Moyano, Mike Schultz and Sarah Wainscott found themselves in the middle of a construction zone on Milwaukee's Cesar E. Chavez Drive. There, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett recognized their La Follette School workshop report and its contributions to a new city program to help businesses affected by road construction.
The critical thinking skills George Rindelaub learned at what is now the La Follette School helped his Minnesota county reduce its jail population. The 1981 alum's ability to approach problems creatively won him recognition from the Minnesota Association of County Administrator.
Public policy is one of the variables that makes engineering needs for the electrical power system nearly impossible to forecast, but Dan Molzahn has a little more insight than some electrical engineers.
Don Moynihan wants to make interacting with government easier for everyone.The internationally recognized public management expert is focusing his studies on "administrative burdens" — the difficulties and impediments people encounter when they try to access government services.
Professor Donald Moynihan shared research on the U.S. performance management experience with more than 100 senior budget officials from dozens of countries. Moynihan spoke November 24 in Paris at the 10th annual meeting of the Organisation of Co-operation and Economic Development's annual Senior Budget Officials Performance and Results Network.