Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Anne Gargano Ahmed wants to make sure consumers are helping to shape health care policy. "My family experienced the devastating consequences of being uninsured, and I am dedicated to protecting other families from similar experiences," the continuing student says.

Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:00

Gates manages risks

La Follette School alum Robin Gates sees his career as a management consultant—and life in general—as a series of calculated risks, leading to the reward of making a difference through public service. Taking risks and continuing to improve are vital, Gates says.

Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

Gavin advances environmental advocacy

When Melissa Gavin arrived in Madison in 2004, she knew she wanted to do environmental work. So she took her résumé around to organizations in town and landed an entry-level job as an office manager for the State Environmental Leadership Project, knowing it was a way to get her foot in the door.

Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Gov. Thompson to give lecture September 30

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson will give this year's Paul Offner Lecture in Madison on Tuesday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street.

Former Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle, who taught at the La Follette School in spring 2015, shares his thoughts on teaching, politics, public service and the role of the university in helping government work better in an article in On Wisconsin magazine.

1995 grad Randy Romanski is the new secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

1999 La Follette School alum Carrie Templeton is the new executive assistant at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. She oversees key activities and is a top adviser to Secretary Rick Raemisch, Deputy Secretary Ismael Ozanne and Governor Jim Doyle on legislative and policy matters.

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.

As Mental Health America of Wisconsin's director of public policy, 1990 alum Shel Gross keeps in mind that structural change takes a long time, and success depends on the many people with a stake in the system.

James Gultry uses the keen policy analysis skills he learned at the La Follette Institute every day as he prepares a contract or agreement between the U.S. Agency for International Development and nongovernmental organizations working in Ghana, Liberia, Benin, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Pakistan, Afghanistan and most recently Ethiopia.

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