Since 2005, almost 40 students have benefitted from Mark Stone’s generous donations to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Stone, who lives in Illinois, has given several gifts to the La Follette School over the past 10 years to help graduate students gain the skills needed to improve the lives of people in the United States through public service.
La Follette helped set me apart from other young lawyers and provided a certain rigor in policy, writing, and analysis that gives me confidence and credibility in a lot of areas that I would not have otherwise had.
La Follette has incredible faculty who have provided me insight into the ways in which science can be changed – whether through economics, management, or incentive structures. Those are all possible levers to be pulled when thinking about policy change, and without the faculty and La Follette it’s hard to imagine understanding the true breadth of possible policy routes to take.
Something that drew me to the La Follette School was The Wisconsin Idea, and I feel (the Family Impact Seminars and Committee Connect) truly exemplify that mission.
My La Follette experience has enabled me to see how data can drive policy as well as consider its implications for program evaluation and performance management.
The classmates and professors I’ve met are some of the smartest, most reflective, and most passionate people I have known.
I hope to use the analytical and management skills I learn at La Follette to fight for opportunity and economic mobility.
Working with real world clients in the Capstone and Program Evaluation courses was a highlight of the program for me.