Graduate students Toby Armstrong, Madeleine Neill, and James Sullivan will take part in the competition, held by the Massachusetts chapter of the American Society for Public Administration
"I regularly meet with Congressional staffers to discuss current public policy and potential alternatives, walking them through how those changes would impact the program and potential impacts on the economy. It is very satisfying to assist legislators in making sound public policy."
Juan Jose Ibarretxe, former president of the Basque Autonomous Community and director of the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies, sat down for a podcast with SPP Director Al Roberts during a recent visit to UMass Amherst.
Dan Desrochers, an MPPA student, was part of a team that won the Best Communications Strategy Award at the 2018 NASPAA‐Batten Student Simulation Competition.
Members of the campus-wide team, which includes a School of Public Policy professor and student, recently presented the project at a United Nations conference in Paris.
"The best part of my job is being able to make a difference in the lives of constituents. I enjoy listening to their concerns and helping them solve whatever problems they experience and helping them come to a resolution."
Massachusetts State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose talked to students about a wide range of topics—from energy policy to electoral reform to the complex and sometimes frustrating process by which laws are made—during a visit to a class taught by School of Public Policy Professor Charlie Schweik.
"Walking into a school is a reminder that I came here to support schools in low-income communities like the one I grew up in. The real champions are the teachers and principals who inspire students despite real challenges."