Student Association

The La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) hosts social events, coordinates and raises funds for the graduation celebration, provides input on the Master of Public Affairs and Master of International Public Affairs programs, and connects students with alumni and community service opportunities.


LSSA’s purpose is to maintain and improve the academic, social, and professional qualities of life for La Follette School graduate students. The Association’s Executive Board is elected by La Follette School graduate students and meets regularly during the academic year.

We encourage new students to get involved in LSSA events.

If you have any questions about LSSA or would like to be involved, please send a message to President Amelia Wagner.

Contact Amelia Wagner

Board members

President: Amelia Wagner

Vice President: vacant until fall 2022 elections

Treasurer: Adam Riley

Secretary: Liliana Keomanivong Teniente
The secretary also serves as the program liaison and attends La Follette School department meetings; gauges and communicates the opinions of students, representing their interests to faculty and staff; and communicates faculty and staff perspectives, initiatives, and priorities to students.

Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator: Gabriel Terrell, 1st year student position vacant until fall 2022 elections

Community Service and Outreach Coordinator: Jacob Boelter, 1st year student position vacant until fall 2022 elections
The community service and outreach coordinator puts the natural inclination of La Follette School students to be public servants into action by giving them the chance to serve their community through helping voluntary organizations around Madison.

Social Coordinator: Stephanie Mertens, 1st year student position vacant until fall 2022 elections
The social coordinator plans social events throughout the year. The coordinator welcomes suggestions from all La Follette School students, first and second years.

Graduation Coordinators: Natalia Borowska, 1st year student position vacant until fall 2022 elections
The graduation coordinator organizes and executes the La Follette School’s graduation celebration in May. This person works throughout the year planning music, decorations, flowers, programs, appetizers, and other details. Those interested in event planning or those who have experience planning celebratory events, please consider helping out (first-year students are strongly encouraged to volunteer).

Fundraising Coordinator: Elizabeth Johnson, 1st year student position vacant until fall 2022 elections
The fundraising coordinator carries out projects to raise money for the student association. First- and second-year La Follette School students interested in volunteering to write grants and plan fundraising activities should contact the fundraising coordinator.

Previous board members


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2020-2021

President: Dana Nielsen

Vice President: Amelia Wagner

Treasurer: Ian Pearson

Secretary: Cartecia Lawrence
The secretary also serves as the program liaison and attends La Follette School department meetings; gauges and communicates the opinions of students, representing their interests to faculty and staff; and communicates faculty and staff perspectives, initiatives, and priorities to students.

Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators: Indu Kilaru, Gabriel Terrell

Community Service and Outreach Coordinators: Kelsey Gordon, Jon Paul Bechard
The community service and outreach coordinator puts the natural inclination of La Follette School students to be public servants into action by giving them the chance to serve their community through helping voluntary organizations around Madison.

Social Coordinators: Lew Blank, Stephanie Mertens
The social coordinator plans social events throughout the year. The coordinator welcomes suggestions from all La Follette School students, first and second years.

Graduation Coordinators: Katie Pollock, Natalia Borowska
The graduation coordinator organizes and executes the La Follette School’s graduation celebration in May. This person works throughout the year planning music, decorations, flowers, programs, appetizers, and other details. Those interested in event planning or those who have experience planning celebratory events, please consider helping out (first-year students are strongly encouraged to volunteer).

Fundraising Coordinators: Anna Sucsy, Ellie Karls
The fundraising coordinator carries out projects to raise money for the student association. First- and second-year La Follette School students interested in volunteering to write grants and plan fundraising activities should contact the fundraising coordinator.

2019-2020

President: Mike Wieczorek

Vice President: Mitchell McFarlane

Treasurer: Benjamin Olneck-Brown

Secretary: Eleanor Pratt

Diversity and Inclusion Officers: Shireen Ohadi-Hamadani, Toni Sopukeeva

Community Service and Outreach Coordinators: Hannah Stewart, Alyssa Dooley

Social Coordinators: John Holland, Genevieve Caffrey

Graduation Coordinators: Jackson Parr, Sarah Ebben

Fundraising Coordinators: Michael Zell, Tamanna Akram

2018-2019

President: Jennifer Johnson

Vice President: Mike Wieczorek

Treasurer: Hannah Stephens

Secretary: Claire Zautke

Diversity and Inclusion Officers: Nathaniel Haack, Shireen Ohadi-Hamadani

Community Service and Outreach Coordinators: Chris Webb, Hannah Stewart

Social Coordinators: Amanda Hejna, John Holland

Graduation Coordinators: Nikolai Kapustin, Jackson Parr

Fundraising Coordinators: Kyle Stanley, Michael Caniglia

2017-2018

President: Chris Meyers

Treasurer: Mia Nafziger

Secretary: Elgin Karls

Diversity and Inclusion Officer: Sangeetha Shreedaran

Community Service and Outreach Coordinator: Morgan Pair

Social Coordinator: Dominic Habjan

Graduation Coordinator: Casey Hutchinson

Fund-Raising Coordinator: Matthew Burr

Faculty/Program Liaison: Ryan LeCloux

2016-2017

President: Chris Stassel

Treasurer: Mitch Running

Secretary: Anna Brunner

Community Service and Outreach Coordinator: Kirsten Jacobson

Social Coordinator: Miranda Ehrlich

Graduation Coordinator: Karina Virrueta

Fund-Raising Coordinator: Michael Bonino-Britsch

Faculty/Program Liaison: Julianna Stohs

2015-2016

President: Drew Curtis

Secretary: Michael Pearson

Treasurer: Alisha Bower

Program Liason: Tim Williams

Fundraising Coordinator: Adam Johnson

Volunteer Event Coordinator: Nick Lardinois

Graduation Coordinator: Falon French

Social Event Coordinator: Lindsay Garber

2014-2015

President: Carl Christiansen

Secretary: Scott Wood

Treasurer: Tyrel Zich

Fundraising Coordinator: Alex Straka

Alumni Coordinator: Ben Emmel

Faculty/Program Liaison: Don Eggert

Graduation Co-Coordinator: Forrest McKnight

Social Co-Coordinator: Mallory Palmer

Community Service and Outreach Co-Coordinator: Gabby Elzinga

2013-2014

President: Steve Kulig

Vice Presidents: Carl Christiansen, Scott Wood

Secretary: Maria Toniolo

Treasurer: Amanda Wilmarth

Fundraising Coordinator: Malika Taalbi

Program Liaison: Katie Lorenze

Social Coordinators: Steph Mabrey, Andrew Behm

Community Service and Outreach Coordinators: Lacee Koplin, Tahira Chaudary

Alumni Coordinator: Joe Dvorak

Graduation Coordinators: Anne Gargano Ahmed, Forrest McKnight

2012-2013

President: Phil Sletten

Vice President: Dan Marlin

Secretary: Kelsey Hill

Treasurer: Bryan Miller

Fund-Raising Coordinator: Andrew Walsh

Program Liaison: Sam Shannon

Social Coordinators: Becky Chown and Steph Mabrey

Community Service and Outreach Coordinators: Selina Eadie, Malika Taalbi

Alumni Coordinator: Steven Kulig

Graduation Coordinators: Miriam Palmer, Anne Gargano Ahmed

2011-2012

President: Katherine Sydor

Vice President: Justin Rabbach

Treasurer: HJ Waukau

Secretary: Rachel Johnson

Alumni Coordinator: Hope Harvey

Volunteer Coordinator: Susanna Rasmussen

Social Coordinator: Katie Kruse

Graduation Coordinators: Alissa Quade, Angela Rampton

Fundraising Coordinator: Pete Braden

Program Liaison: Noah Natzke

2010-2011

President: Erika Jones

Vice President: Sylvia Fredericks

Secretary: Christine Durkin

Treasurer: Jen Winter

Fundraising Coordinator: Sarah Hurley

Social Coordinator: Emily Ley

Program Liaison: Adam Hartung

Alumni Coordinator: Kristina Krull

Community Service and Outreach Coordinator: Lara Rosen

Graduation Coordinators: Sara Kock, Monica Wedgewood

2009-2010

President: Emily Plagman

Vice President: Holden Weisman

Treasurer: Jami Crespo

Secretary: Stephanie Chase

Community Service and Outreach Coordinator: Becky McAtee

Alumni Coordinator: Nate Inglis Steinfeld

Fundraising Coordinator: Allie Bagnall

Social Coordinator: Ian Ritz

Graduation Coordinators: Sarah Wainscott, Scott Williams

Program Liaison: Erika Cheng

2008-2009

President: Lindsay Read

Vice President: Lauren Benditt

Treasurer: Lilly Shields

Secretary: Alison Patz

Program Liaison: Dan Bush

Fund-Raising Coordinator: Jeramia Cibulka

Community Service and Outreach Coordinator: Maggie Carden

Social Coordinator: Catherine Hall

Alumni Coordinator: Andy McGuire

Graduation Coordinators: Gail Krumenauer, Tom Robinson

2007-2008

President: Joe Fontaine

Vice President: Sam Austin

Secretary: Katie Davis

Treasurer: Natalie Feggestad

Alumni Chair: Alexis MacDonald

Community Service Chair: Kim Zamastil

Faculty Chair: Emily Engel

Fundraising Chair: Arla Dauscher

Graduation Co-Chairs: Katie Miskell, Shayna Hetzel

MIPA Chair: Carrie Traud

Social Chair: Jennie Mauer

2006-2007

President: Julius Svoboda

Vice President: Callie Gray

Secretary: Kelly Krupa Rifelj

Treasurer: Aditya Chandraghatgi

Alumni Liaison: Kate Clark

Community Service Chair: Jen Blonn

Faculty Liaison: Dani Fumia

Fundraising Chair: Lamont Smith

MIPA Liaison: Louisa Kennedy

Social Co-Chairs: Liz Elwart, Eric Larson

2005-2006

President: Jennifer Leavitt-Moy

Vice President: Carrie Schneck

Treasurer: Jacque Dullin

Secretary: Jamie Aulik

Faculty Liaison: Jenna Griffin

Alumni Committee Chair: Karina Silver

Community Service Committee Chair: (Stephen) Craig Johnson

Social Committee Co-Chairs: Jeff Sartin, Kyle Weatherly

International Committee Chair: Rachel D. Howard

Graduation Chair: Martha Kraetsch