Brelynn Bille, MPA

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Waupun, Wisconsin

Undergraduate education

Bachelor’s degree in community and nonprofit leadership with certificates in public policy and disability rights and services, UW–Madison

Professional/research interests

Disability rights and justice, accessibility, and inclusivity


Newman Civic Fellow, Fred Risser Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award, Creating an Inclusive Community Bucky Award, Philanthropy Lab Conference Grant Recipient, Dinah F.B. Cohen DREAM Fellow

Expected graduation date

May 2025

Why an MPA and the La Follette School?

I learned about LFS in high school during an informational session while I was participating in the Wisconsin Senate Scholar program. The accelerated MPA program drew me to the La Follette School.

Career goals

I aim to pursue a role advocating for disabled folks.


I was a public affairs intern for the State Department under the special advisor on international disability rights through the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program. My lived experiences as a disabled person, experience with community-based research in undergrad, and policy familiarity through jobs and La Follette courses in undergrad and now grad school helped me get this internship.

Work with clients

In undergrad, I worked on a class project where we did a program evaluation for El Centro Cultural de Mexico, a nonprofit in Santa Ana, California. It was a great experience to do real-world community-based research, from interviewing their volunteers to coding the data, organizing our findings, and then preparing the final report.

La Follette School Student Association

I am one of the student representatives on the LFS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, where I work alongside another student representative and faculty and staff members to prepare a DEI plan for the school, set goals and metrics for improvement, and report out concerns students may have.

People would be surprised if they knew that I …

used to be a figure skater and pole vaulter!

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