After a year in Kansas City as an L.P. Cookingham Management fellow, Carissa DeCramer headed to Washington, D.C., to become a budget analyst for Rock Creek National Park. In that position she supports the park superintendent and division managers to develop and implement the park budget. She generates budget projections, plans and recommendations and provides financial analysis of project proposals, performance and administrative modifications.
Prior to graduating from the La Follette School in 2008 with a Master of Public Affairs degree, she was a research associate with the University of Wisconsin Extension's Center for Community and Economic Development. DeCramer spent the summer of 2007 with United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta helping to implement performance management measures into its community impact program. She also worked with United Way's early learning commission to compile data from the county government and area nonprofit organizations to assist the commission's analysis of early learning programming.
DeCramer enrolled at the La Follette School through its accelerated program through which accepted which University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates can complete their master's in a fifth year of study.
Alumni enjoy brunch in D.C.Alumni enjoy brunch in D.C., August 25, 2009, La Follette School News
Student accepts city management fellowship in Kansas City, April 3, 2008, La Follette School News