Hat throwing at Graduation

Katie Walpole

MPA Public Policy and Management

Management Analyst at Clark County, Nevada
Class of 2014

Katie Walpole


Katie Walpole

MPA alumna

Before joining the LSE MPA programme, I…

I completed my BA with honors at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University, majoring in history, policy studies, and political science. At Syracuse, I completed both the Renee Crown University Honors Program and the Political Science distinction program by analyzing the use of social media on civic engagement levels.  I also completed internships with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Offices of Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

Why did you choose to join the LSE’s MPA programme?

I was interested in the hands-on experience during the second year of the program through the Capstone project. The Capstone project is unique to the LSE MPA programme in that it allows you to work in a team environment for a client for an entire year.

I still remember my Capstone project and the team that I worked with. Not only did my teammates become some of my closest friends, the final report contained implementable solutions to real life issues. Referencing my Capstone project in my final interview with my current organization helped me to stand out from the other applicants.

I also chose LSE’s MPA due to the global and international perspectives that the programme and the school had to offer. My classmates who became my friends provided me with a chance to look at issues from different viewpoints. It is something that I know I would not have obtained from any other MPA programme.

How has the LSE MPA programme influenced your career?

I could not have obtained my current position without completing the LSE MPA programme.  The programme pushed me to my limits and provided me with the tools and skills to complete my work on a daily basis. The public management stream prepared me to one-day take on a senior management role in local government.

The programme prepared me to work on a wide variety of public policy issues, which is important for my career in local government. I have to be able to analyze performance measures at one moment, work on policy concerning animals the next moment, and then review organizational efficiency or deal with constituents.

What one piece of advice would you give to a future MPA student?

  • Take advantage of every opportunity that LSE gives you.
  • Make time to attend public lectures- they’re well worth it!
  • Take time to explore London beyond the area around LSE or the “top tourist” spots. London has so much to offer.