Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: MPA

UW–Madison Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller appointed Jennifer Klippel (MPA ’06) as interim budget director following the retirement of Tim Norris, who served in that role since 2004.

The Health Behavior and Policy Review has published a paper by Joseph Bates (MPA/MPH ’17), Key Stakeholder Responses to Impaired Server Ordinances in Selected Wisconsin Municipalities.

The most rewarding aspect of my current position is constituent casework. ... In my opinion, assisting constituents with these issues defines what it means to be a public servant and to work in public affairs.

The analytical skills-based approach to teaching in coordination with the small class sizes have been hugely beneficial to my personal and professional career goals.

April 28, 2018

Nathaniel Haack, MPA

The La Follette School’s strong emphasis on development of analytical skills has made me a more intelligent consumer of information and increased my ability to use data to create evidence-based narratives framing public policy issues and solutions.

Classmates Karina Virrueta (MPA ’17) and Mitch Running, who is completing the dual MPA/MPH degree program in May, are planning a summer 2019 wedding.

March 15, 2018

Isabelle Selep, MPA

I definitely try to use my education and experiences to benefit those who don’t have the opportunity to attend college. I am a vessel of knowledge that can leave the campus and bring with me the ideas I have learned during my time on campus.

La Follette School alumni have been extremely helpful as mentors and prospective employers during my time here.

Nonpartisanship is essential to communicating impartial information to policymakers. It is essential to a functioning democracy. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have opinions—but when I put on my professional cap, they matter less than providing nonpartisan service to the public.

Two La Follette School students gained wide-ranging experience during summer fellowships with the Chicago Mayor’s Office from June through August 2017.

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