Presidential Management Fellowship finalist Patrick (Paco) Fuchs came to the La Follette School for two reasons. One is academic. He took undergraduate courses from two La Follette School professors in the fall of 2008, an inspiring time to debate public policy. The other is the sense of public service his parents instilled in him.
When Lindsay Garber's political fever broke about a year after she graduated from college, she turned her attention to the world of nonprofit organizations, and now she is developing her knowledge of management and administrative tools through the La Follette School's Master of Public Affairs degree program.
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.
My internship at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) gave me the opportunity to work for a quasi-federal agency and gain valuable experience evaluating bank regulations, risk-management strategies, and consumer protection practices.
Before starting La Follette, I did not consider statistics my strong suit; however, I now use it in almost every project I do, and I consider it an absolutely crucial part of any good policy proposal.
For Dylan Blake, East Asia is the place to be and understand. “I see East Asia as the most rapidly changing, exciting part of the world, both now and for the foreseeable future,” the La Follette School student says.
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.
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.
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.