After 11 years with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Alexis MacDonald (MPA ’08) has accepted a position as a professional staff member for the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. MacDonald also recently received the Badger of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s DC Chapter.
Elizabeth Doyle (MPA ’17) won an uncontested election for District 1 of the Dane County Board of Supervisors in June. Doyle replaced Mary Kolar, who is now serving as secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs in Governor Tony Evers’ administration.
Alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff will gather Tuesday, September 3 for the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest welcome picnic. Hill Fest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the beautiful La Follette grounds overlooking Lake Mendota at 1225 Observatory Drive.
With an emphasis on service, 48 La Follette School students celebrated their graduation Sunday, May 12 in the Wisconsin Capitol’s Assembly Chamber. How fitting, then, that one of the state’s most well-known public servants – former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl – attended the ceremony.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for winning the La Follette School’s first Day of the Badger Class Competition. More than one-quarter of 2018 graduates donated to the La Follette School during UW–Madison’s inaugural day of giving (actually 1,848 minutes).
Nick Osborne (MPA ’05) began his duties as Polk County’s chief administrative officer (county administrator) in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on February 25. Previously, he served as assistant to the county administrator in Rock County, Wisconsin, for eight years.
Elizabeth Doyle (MPA ’17) is seeking election as District 1 Dane County Board Supervisor. A former member of the Verona City Council from 2013 to 2018, Doyle is a health care rate analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Mark Starik (MA ’78) is a contributing faculty member in Walden University’s Public Policy & Administration Doctoral Program. He also conducts research and writes academic and practitioner articles about sustainability management.
Two La Follette School alumni recently shared their expertise with public radio listeners. John Vander Meer (MPA ’06) discussed the difficulties facing skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin, and Anne Chapman (MPA ’12) addressed education funding in the state.
A whirlwind trip to Washington, DC, gave 26 La Follette School students numerous opportunities to learn about working and living in the nation’s capital. Dozens of alumni also shared information with students about their careers and experiences during the school’s fourth La Follette in DC career development program since 2013.