A 2003 Master of Public Affairs grad, Lisa Ellinger is administrator for the Division of Insurance Services of the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds. The Division of Insurance Services oversees the administration of health care, life and disability benefits for nearly 230,000 state and local government employees in Wisconsin.
Prior to joining the division in January 2008, Ellinger was the assistant director of the Wisconsin Health Project from 2004-2007. The project developed a bipartisan health-care reform proposal introduced in the Legislature in 2005. The Wisconsin Health Project also worked with legislators on the development of a universal health care proposal unveiled in 2007.
Ellinger served as a policy advisor on the Wisconsin governor's staff in 2003-04 and was the lead staff in the creation and development the governor's KidsFirst initiative. She earlier worked as a legislative research assistant in the Senate and Assembly. She attended La Follette part time from 1998-2003 while working in the Legislature.
In 2009, Ellinger briefed policymakers on the use of health-care data to improve efficiency and quality of health care in Wisconsin. The briefing, "Health Care Quality, Effectiveness, and Value: How Might State of Wisconsin Investments Pay Off?," was October 8, at the State Capitol. Ellinger also conducted a series of mock interviews with La Follette School students in November.
Human resources professionals share interviewing skills with students, December 1, 2009, La Follette School News
Grad to brief legislators, staff on benefits of health care data, September 29, 2009, La Follette School News