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.
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.