With the start of the 2010-2011 school year, La Flog would like to take the opportunity to introduce this year’s LSSA board. Board members are at your service so feel free to contact them with comments, questions, or suggestions.
Erika Jones spent the past 5 years working at a nonprofit coordinating and managing volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through that work she was exposed to the challenges facing low-income communities and became particularly interested in food access issues in urban areas. Working with a variety of urban farms piqued her interest in food and poverty policy, prompting Erika to pursue a Master’s in Public Affairs here in Madison at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Though she misses the beautiful Bay Area, she is glad to be back in her native Wisconsin to enjoy the superb cheese, the ever-changing seasons, and the opportunity to be a part of F.H. King!
Sylvia Fredericks earned her BA in English from the University of Florida in 2006. She spent a few years working in student services at UF before coming to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. In addition to being the LSSA VP, Sylvia is the managing editor of this blog, a project assistant at WISCAPE, and interning this summer with the Madison Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As VP, she hopes to run at least one meeting in Erika’s absence, an honor rarely bestowed on the past vice presidents.
Christine Durkin has a BA in Political Science and German. She spent a year living and studying in Germany before attending La Follette. She looks forward to interning with the Governor’s office and Senator Kohl this summer as well as working with two local nonprofit organizations. She ultimately hopes to work with urban education policy and community development.
Jen Winter is a second year MIPA student interested in international organizations and health policy. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergrad, where she majored in Political Science and French before entering La Follette as an accelerated student. She has interned for the Lt. Governor of Wisconsin and with the State Department at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels. She is looking forward to serving as LSSA’s treasurer for the 2010-2011 year!
Emily Ley is a second year MPA student with a focus on policy analysis. She has a BS in Economics and Comparative Studies in Religion from the University of WI-Eau Claire, and a MA in Ethics and Modern Religious Thought from the University of Iowa. Emily has worked for Iowa City Hospice, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Center for State Innovation, as well as interned at the WI Department of Health Services, and been a part of a research project with Planned Parenthood of Dane County. As the new LSSA social coordinator, she is looking forward to having some fun and exploring Madison with her fellow Bobs.
Lara Rosen is pursuing dual Master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Urban & Regional Planning. She is specializing in housing and community development planning and policy, but dabbles in other social policy areas as well. She took a circuitous path to La Follette/URPL, having spent years studying Spanish language and literature, teaching Spanish to undergrads, and working as a secretary and an AmeriCorps member. A year in, she is still happy with her decision. As the new LSSA volunteer and outreach coordinator, she is looking forward to working with her fellow Bobs to continue the La Follette commitment to community engagement and service!
Sarah Hurley is a La Follette student studying education policy and is interested in higher education access. Sarah is originally from Appleton, WI and graduated from UW-Madison with a double major in Political Science and Spanish in 2009. During her undergraduate career, Sarah competed on the UW Women’s Track and Cross Country teams and is now helping coach these teams. Sarah has worked for the UW Office of Human Resource Development, the Office of Governor Jim Doyle, and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. After graduation from La Follette, Sarah looks forward to a career in higher education policy analysis.
Kristina Krull completed her undergraduate degree at UW-Madison in political science and international studies. She’s interned for the Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and for the Minnesota think tank Growth & Justice. In her free time she works with EDGE Project and student government. Her research interests are diverse, including program evaluation, immigration policy, and international development. Kristina currently interns for the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection’s Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program.
Adam Hartung currently works at a large, low-income apartment complex and sees firsthand the difficult situations that befall its residents. Public policy can have dramatic effects in both positive and negative ways and his experiences with the residents have increased his passion for learning and researching policy initiatives and how they affect the population.
After undergrad at Augustana College in South Dakota, Sara Kock lived in Madison for five years. During that time, she was an AmeriCorps volunteer and then a supervisor of afterschool programs. In 2007, she joined Teach For America and taught 4th-5th grade on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her favorite activities include talking education policy, telling stories about her students (which she often refer to as “my kids”), educating others about the wonders of South Dakota (her home state), traveling, camping, and camping while traveling.
Monica received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007. She has since then spent a year teaching English in Japan and working as an AmeriCorps at a Madison charter middle school. During her first year at La Follette she has worked for the Center for State Innovation, a non profit policy institute, and interned for a State Representative and in the Governor’s Legislative Policy Office.