After finding that people in Wisconsin and in the Dominican Republic encountered many of the same issues related health, environment and education, Norma-Jean Simon decided to pursue a dual degree in public health and public policy at the La Follette School.
The opportunity to combine nonprofit management with Southeast Asian studies brought Mengwei "Weiwei" Deng to the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
Bryan Miller wants to weed out inefficiencies. "Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, I found the deeply embedded bureaucracy made local policy innovation difficult — even though individual regional facilities were relatively efficient," the second-year student says. "I want to make program and policy improvements on a bigger scale."
La Follette School alum Robin Gates sees his career as a management consultant—and life in general—as a series of calculated risks, leading to the reward of making a difference through public service. Taking risks and continuing to improve are vital, Gates says.