Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Beth Miller, MPA

Beth Miller, MPA

Undergraduate education
Bachelor’s degrees in English and anthropology, Grinnell College, Iowa

Previous work experience
Technical writer, Epic Systems, Verona, Wisconsin; Archival researcher and technician, Office of the State Archaeologist of Iowa; Chapter organizer, 9to5 Atlanta, National Association of Working Women

Why an MPA?
In every job I held between receiving my undergraduate degree and coming to La Follette, the part of the job I enjoyed the most was looking at policy and how policies and laws would directly affect peoples’ lives.

Why the La Follette School?
I came to La Follette because the school is well-ranked and allows students freedom to craft their course of study to fit their own interests. I also chose the school based on the excellent job-placement rate of its recent graduates.

Volunteer activities
I am a board member for 9to5 Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization that engages directly affected women to improve conditions in their workplace and fight for family-friendly workplace policy. In addition, I am the Institute Chair for New Leaders Council Wisconsin, where I oversee the development and execution of five two-day workshops for young professionals interested in making progressive change across the state. I have also presented at these trainings. I also am a member of the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants Association and a member of its Contract Enforcement Committee, and I am a trustee on the Executive Board of the South Central Federation of Labor.

How have your La Follette School courses and/or experiences contributed to meeting your career goals?
My summer internship at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C., was a wonderful learning opportunity.

Most challenging experience at the La Follette School
After working full-time for five years, transitioning back to full-time school was difficult.

Most rewarding experience at the La Follette School
The classmates and professors I’ve met are some of the smartest, most reflective, and most passionate people I have known.

What would you tell a prospective student?
The school is small enough that you can really bond with your cohort, and classes are small enough that professors know their students well.