- Policy Interest(s): Rural Development / Healthcare
- Sector Interest(s): No Preference with Significant Non-Profit Experience
- Location Preference(s): Near Washtenaw County, MI / Northern Michigan
- Ideal Role(s): Combination of Outreach, Organizing, and Policy Analysis
Luke Allen, a graduating Master of Public Policy, says that his “MPP experience has taught me a great deal about the importance of quality program and policy evaluation. I’ve also been lucky, through my fellowship, to work with a very wide array of stakeholders, from academics to practitioners to elected officials, which has taught me that there really is value in cross pollination and collaboration, and that we need more of it.” Crediting his elective courses on state and municipal government, Luke says that he’s “become more optimistic about the ability of states and municipalities to implement ambitious and creative policies to improve society”. His capstone, tentatively titled ‘Lost in the Woods: Addressing the Rural Health Crisis’, proposes a menu of policy solutions to fix rural health disparities.
Prior to coming to MSU, Luke spent five years working as a community organizer and another year directing an environmental advocacy non-profit. Reflecting his passion for this type of work, he says that he’s “seen the effect that can be had when ordinary people participate in democracy in a deep way, in addition to the power that policy experts and public officials have to make immediate, meaningful change”. Luke’s impetus for beginning his MPP was a continuation of his drive to challenge assumptions, including his own, saying that he sought to “learn to evaluate what is effective policy, not just based on my values, but from a practical perspective”. Luke is a well-rounded, experienced, and most importantly, passionate teammate and leader and is looking to make a difference. Luke lives in Ypsilanti, with his wife Alex, a pastor serving a congregation in Ann Arbor, and their chocolate lab, Doxology
Luke can be reached via his LinkedIn.
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If you have any questions about our graduating class, please contact Program Director Dr. Josh Sapotichne via email.