MSP graduates pursue careers in a variety of sectors, providing a holistic or complexity lens to projects and programs. Graduates will have the opportunity to work in areas of community health, violence prevention, conflict transformation, institutional development, and resource stewardship, among others. MSP alumni are currently working in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, with a small subset pursuing PhD’s.
Where are they now? Check out a few of our alumni
Darius Carr is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in Public and Community Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Darius’ research interests lies on issues of complexity science, gun – related violence, food injustice, globalization, Sino-American relations, community participation, museum studies, public health policy, ethnography, and power. Darius has an affinity and passion for issue most affecting minority communities and voices from around the world. In 2010, Darius had the honor of studying at Peking University studying topics from environmental pollution, Sino – American relations, ethics, and he even taught English to migrant children. Darius is a Chinese speaker, native – son to the city of Milwaukee, and credits his current passions and experiences abroad from the public school education he received and experiences growing up black in Milwaukee. Darius has a genuine compassion for humans and bridging theory in academia to practical, meaningful, and empowering change in the lives of community members, many of whom he now considers lifelong friends.
" MSP provides a theoretical framework and lens for meaningful, relevant, and sustainable community engagement. The degree program trains practitioners in giving power back to communities using cutting edge and innovative research conventions of transdisciplinarity, complexity science, and resilience thinking. Skills I use to change the conversation in how folks in a diversity of fields: public health, anthropology, museum studies; think about community engagement and sustainable development." -Darius Carr, 2016 graduate
Cassy Krueger lives in Milwaukee while consulting for DEPLOY/US, and Bergner Associates. She assists with strategy building, organizational development, fundraising, and communications support for DEPLOY/US and its programs. Bergner Associates is a small, woman – owned consultancy firm that works with environmental organizations. They provide a variety of services, including event planning, grant writing, and organizational leadership. Cassy also assists with organizational development for Bergner Associates, including expanding partnerships and communications support.
"My position with DEPLOY/US grew out of an independent study for the MSP program. We also have a strong focus on using a systems approach, helping organizations identify leverage points that can make their work more effective and impactful, and working across sectors and silos. My MSP training has also been very relevant given that strategic communications, partnership building, and collective impact play such a prominent role in our work. In general, both of my positions benefit from my ability to use systems tools in practice. I've also learned how important it is to be able to see both the longer - term vision and strategy but also be able and willing to put in the hands-on work needed to get there." - Cassy Krueger, 2016 graduate
Katie Hall currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a researcher for Seth Siegel, Senior Policy Fellow at UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and author of New York Times’ Bestseller, We Are Water. In this position, Katie is researching the root causes, future concerns, and potential solutions associated with water scarcity in the U.S. In addition she is on the Advisory Board of Milwaukee Water Commons and in the process of completing her MBA.
"MSP trained me to work across sectors and disciplines to wrestle with complex problems. I learned to value diverse sources of knowledge - everyone from a rural farmer to a congressman." -Katie Hall, 2016 graduate
Becky Richeson is a Systems and Complexity Program Manager for The Omyidyar Group in San Fransisco, California. She is currently working across Omidyar foundations to support initiative teams who are adopting a systems practice in order to more effectively understand and engage the complex contexts they seek to impact such as the gap widening nature of education in the US and instability in Sudan. While simultaneously supporting the development of materials and programs designed to increase the systems capacity of initiative teams.
"The big problems of our time like gender inequality, fresh water scarcity, and the health of our democracy are complex. We need tools that help us to understand the interconnected and changing dynamics that produce these problems and for developing strategies to engage them over time. And, the MSP teaches just that! In addition to tools it also helped me to cultivate the personal characteristics and skills necessary for making a difference in a complex world such as negotiation, facilitation, comfort with ambiguity, and adaptive leadership." -Becky Richeson, 2016 graduate