Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Chris Meyers, MPA

Chris Meyers, MPA

Hometown
Fox Point, Wisconsin

Undergraduate education
Bachelor’s degrees in political science and public policy, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Expected graduation
May 2018

Research interests
Congress, statehood, education

Why an MPA?
Working for political parties and candidates and doing research in Rhode Island and Wisconsin led me to public affairs as the best mix of a politics, policy, government, and private-sector degree.

Why the La Follette School?
I loved the idea of coming home to Wisconsin to a program where we were in small classes taught by world-class professors but at the same time have the ability to pursue outside interests such as jobs or research opportunities.

Summer internship
I worked at Crowdpac in Washington, D.C. as the crowdfunding fellow. My primary task was expanding the use and development of Crowdpac’s crowdfunding platform. We had a potential candidate who had no idea what office she wanted to run for so we worked as quasi-consultants by providing her a list of offices that she was eligible for, helped set up a campaign and message plan, and executed a campaign using Crowdpac’s platform.

What courses have you taken in which you’ve done work for real clients?
In Public Management with Professor Moynihan, we worked with the Village of Maple Bluff to analyze their village’s upcoming leadership transition and used our class experience to provide potential blind spots and mitigate these risks before the actual change.

Supportive alumni, colleagues, friends
Through the speed networking activity in Professional Development, I connected with someone working in Wisconsin government who gave me incredibly valuable advice on my career and has given me numerous contacts in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., with whom I continue to stay in touch.

Most challenging experience at the La Follette School
It’s been difficult relearning statistical skills and doing quantitative analysis.

Most rewarding experience at the La Follette School
Working with professors who are at the top of their field has been the most rewarding experience for me at La Follette. When you are taking a class that uses the book written by your professor, and the book seen as the highest standard in that field, you know that you’re getting a world-class education.

La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) involvement
I was LSSA vice president during the 2016-2017 year and am serving as the president for 2017-2018. Working with LSSA has been an amazing experience that has helped me to get involved with other students, alumni, and staff. I would recommend working with LSSA, either as a board or committee member, to anyone who attends La Follette.

People would be surprised if they knew...
I was a college swimmer but one of my biggest fears is drowning.