MPA students/Graduates Published Online Articles

Two current MPA students and a recent graduate of the program have just published their work through government-related outlets:

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 3.06.22 PMKristen Wolslegel and Jeffrey Thorsby published their analysis of local campaign expenditures in their report titled “Spending to Influence: Campaign Finance and Lobbying in San Francisco in 2014.” The report was prepared for the San Francisco Ethics Commission, and seeks to condense the overwhelming amount of data on the topic into visual information for public use. As they explain, their report “…allows users to make sense of the campaign finance and lobbying data collected by the Ethics Commission and to explore the connections, interests, and financial activity of key City influencers.” The highly visual content in the report was spurred by Dr. Genie Stowers’ class on Data Visualization.

GOV_marc-joffeAlumnus Marc Joffe recently published a commentary in Governing, a leading magazine for and about the state and local government sectors. His piece titled “The Missing Information That Municipal Bond Investors Need” describes the barriers to municipal bond market analyses and how a change in data format might help bring down those barriers. Marc said his essay was “inspired by what I learned about policy entrepreneurship from [Dr. Jennifer Shea] in PA 715.” He has been lobbying for the data format change he wrote about, and expects to see this proposal in a Congressional bill later this year.


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