Senator Bill Bradley at the Martin School

October 8 Monday 12:35 PM


We are incredibly excited to announce that on October 16th, 2018 the Martin School will be hosting Senator, and former NBA Champion, Bill Bradley. Senator Bradley is giving a lecture entitled "Sports, Politics, and Public Policy: What happens when they intersect?" as part of the Wendell H. Ford lecture series. The lecture will be from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Worsham Cinema in the Gatton Student Center. 

Senator Bradley attended Princeton University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1965. While at Princeton, Bradley earned a gold medal as part of the 1964 Olympic basketball team and was named NCAA player of the year in 1965. After graduating, Bradley was drafted by the NBA where he played for the New York Nicks. In his third season he led the Knicks to their first NBA championship. In 1983, Bradley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from his impressive professional sports career at the age of 34, Bradley ran for a United States Senate seat. He was elected and served the state of New Jersey as a Senator from 1979-1997. During his time in the Senate, Bradley focused on complex policy reform initiatives. As a notable example, Bradley was a co-sponsor of Tax Reform Act of 1986 which simplified the income tax code, broadened the tax based, and worked to eliminate many tax shelters.

In 2000, Senator Bradley ran in the presidential primaries where he ultimately overtaken by Al Gore as the party favorite and consequentially retired from politics. Currently, Bradly is managing director of Allen & Company LLC and sits on the board of several prominent private and nonprofit organizations. Senator Bradley has written a several books on American politics and culture and hosts a weekly radio show entitled American Voices. 

Please join us at this year’s Wendell H. Ford Lecture on October 16, 2018 at 3:30PM in the Worsham Cinema to hear from Senator Bill Bradley and a panel of local professionals.

Martin School Alum Follows Her Passion for Neighborhood Revitalization to Harvard

August 20 Monday 03:41 PM

Jeana Dunlap (MPA ’06) was recently selected to be a Harvard Loeb Fellow. We are thrilled to hear of her accomplishments! We caught up with her to discuss her passion for public service as she embarks on this new chapter. Currently, Jeana is the Director of Redevelopment Strategies for Louisville Metro, the consolidated metropolitan government for Kentucky’s largest city. “I focused on cross-functional coordination between agencies within Louisville Metro Government and collaboration with private for-profit and community-based organizations to ensure visible, tangible results at the neighborhood level,” she says.

She’s a pioneer in this role—the office was created in 2016 when the city was awarded a $29.5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant to redevelop the Beecher Terrace public housing complex, which historically has faced many challenges. “Overall, the plan involves leveraging public dollars into more than $200 million of mixed-income, mixed-use development at the site through the public housing authority. My specific charge from Mayor Greg Fischer was to facilitate an additional $400 million of investment throughout the greater Russell neighborhood which includes Beecher Terrace.”

Dunlap’s been rewarded for her hard work through seeing tangible results. Although her work focuses on improving quality of life through the built environment, she also is an educator. “The work is challenging, primarily due to pervasive misperceptions about disinvested communities and the people that live there,” she notes, citing “the history of redlining practices” as an example, referring to discriminatory lending practices used by banks in the past to deny minorities access to financial instruments, such as mortgages, based on where they lived.

Neighborhood revitalization is a long-standing passion for Jeana. After she finished her degree at the Martin School, she joined Louisville Metro’s Department of Housing & Community Development. Describing this time, she says, “To my delight, this role including managing the Louisville-Jefferson County Landbank Authority, the Urban Renewal Commission and the Vacant Property Review Commission. I received a crash course in public real-estate policy.  I grew to understand the impact of real-estate market failures and appreciate the potential for using public policy as a tool for neighborhood revitalization. I’ve been hooked ever since!”

The Loeb Fellowship has been awarded by the Harvard Graduate School of Design since the 1960’s. As Dunlap explains, “Each cohort is selected based on their accomplishments and their potential to make the world a better place through the built environment.” In her 2019 cohort, Jeana will be joining eight other mid-career professionals from around the world in an immersive, self-directed learning environment—they will study at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, live together, and travel together. “I expect to use this time to reflect on my career and create a blueprint for the future. I’m most excited about connecting with world-renown researchers and innovators in the areas of social mobility, digital inclusion and equitable economic development,” she says.

Our MPA program provided a foundation for the exciting work she has done and will continue to do in the public sector. “I would not be where I am today without the Martin School. My studies in public policy help me think more critically about how social outcomes are interconnected with policy decisions.” Current students, take note! If Jeana were to go back in time to give herself advice, she would focus more on public finance — “While it is important to design programs that function efficiently, at the end of the day, it is our ability to finance great programs and projects that stands between the status quo and better quality of life. Ultimately, my research agenda going forward will focus on finding new ways to finance community inspired design.”

Even in her spare time, Jeana stays busy—"I love music and traveling around the region to catch concerts while taking in the local scene. I also crochet and cast zodiac charts for newborn babies. Other than that, I take time to practice ‘bourbonism’ in all its forms.” Spoken like a true Kentuckian!

MPA Student Interns at Office of Aging

August 8 Wednesday 08:28 AM

Ruthann Froberg is a Martin School MPA student who will enter her second year this fall. This summer, she completed her internship, a required component of the MPA program, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She shares her experiences below. 

This summer has been a fun and interesting break from my MPA coursework. The Community Action Council’s (CAC) Office on Aging, my internship location, is a part of the Knox County, Tennessee government that coordinates programming and resources for seniors. Their programs include Mobile Meals, a senior center, Grandparents as Parents, job support, and housing assistance. In general, I work at the Office on Aging with the Grandparents as Parents (GAP) director for half of the week and at the O’Connor Senior Center for the rest of the week. The work is a mixture of legislative and topical research, writing, data analysis, and meetings. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to learn in-depth about specific social issues, to interact with seniors at O’Connor, and to learn from the Office on Aging workers. And it has been fun to spend the summer in Knoxville!

Most significantly, this summer I have learned more about grandfamilies, families where grandparents (or other family members or family friends) have taken in children when the parents are not able to care for them. There are more than 2.6 million grandparents in the U.S. who are solely responsible for their grandchildren. Almost 4,000 of those grandparents are in Knox County where the Office on Aging is situated (statistics per the American Community Survey of 2016). A lot of the work I am doing this summer is to support the GAP director with any research and outreach she does in order to strengthen the efficacy of the program. Many of these grandparents search for economic and social support because they are unexpectedly parenting for a second time in their lives. I have appreciated the opportunity to learn about responses to this social issue and to observe how a county office and program director address such issues in their community My experience at the Office on Aging has helped affirm how much I love working with seniors and how much I want to spend my career advocating for their needs and concerns.

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates!

July 6 Friday 01:51 PM

Congratulations, graduates! We honored our newest alumni with an awards ceremony on May 4th in the presence of faculty, family, and friends. Where are they headed next? Many of our graduates have already hit the ground running:

  • Eve Wallingford will take on a new role as the Legislative Aide to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Councilwoman Plomin in August. She will be joining a bevy of fellow alumni in local government, both in Lexington and beyond!
  • Leah Byers is a Tax and Budget Policy Fellow for the Civitas Institute in North Carolina, which focuses on on the state's economic, electoral, and education policy.
  • Paul Kleier has accepted a position as the Community Development Assistant for the City of Blue Ash, Ohio. His work primarily focuses on code enforcement, planning, and zoning.
  • Ryan Kaffenberger is the new Research Director for Commerce Lexington, our local Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations, class of 2018! 

Clay Congress 2018

July 6 Friday 03:09 PM

The biggest strength in this program lies in bringing together 50 students from so many different backgrounds. It challenges us to rethink how we make relationships and the notion that we can only be friends with those who hold the same opinions as ourselves. This is a big thing for people going into public service to think about and was really helpful for me personally.

- Participant feedback

In May, exemplary college students from around the country participated in the annual Clay Congress, which is sponsored by the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship. For one week, collegians gather in Lexington at the University of Kentucky with the purpose of learning the "lost art of negotiation, goodwill, and compromise." The Martin School is proud to partner with the Henry Clay Center by developing and facilitating programming.

Some of the highlights from the week:

  • A visit to the national headquarters of the Council of State Governments, which included leadership development activities;
  • Workshops and panel presentations on the policy process;
  • Bipartisan policy solution project

The policy project is a cornerstone of the program, and is meant to simulate the policy process. Students were placed in to subcommittees to tackle one of four policy problems-- immigration, health care, relations with North Korea, and net-neutrality/e-commerce. Students for each policy topic were placed in teams. The teams were assigned ideological stances and told to work together to find a solution, mimicking democracy in action. Participants often were assigned to ideologies that conflicted with their own, challenging them to better understand alternative perspectives. They also had the opportunity to weigh in on the proposals of other teams.

Doctoral students from the Martin School played an important role in the development of programming, and its execution. Pictured above are participants with doctoral student Andrew Sullivan (third from top left), who acted as an advisor and coach to students as they developed their policy solutions. We hope all the participants enjoyed their visit to the Bluegrass State! We look forward to continuing our outreach work with partners like the Henry Clay Center.