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

Kayla Christopherson
Program Associate for Systems Thinking
The New School Journalism & Design Program

Kayla works to collaborate with a network of journalists and designers to create innovative ways of using systems thinking in newsrooms and in the journalism + design curriculum. She is also working with a team to use a systems practice to address the crisis in journalism and identify possible future scenarios (New York, NY).

“The MSP program gave me the opportunity to become comfortable both with uncertainty and amidst complexity. It provided me with the tools and hands-on experience to address complex problems in a way that fosters collaboration and long-term impact and allowed me to grow personally and professionally beyond the walls of academia.” – Kayla Christopherson

Jordan E. Davis
Disaster Relief Program Manager
Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research, UWM

Jordan E. Davis is currently an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a Program Manager, Jordan is developing a volunteer and university-based Emergency and Disaster Response program to provide opportunities for members of UWM’s campus community to develop professional and leadership skills while serving with agencies and organizations engaged in emergency and disaster management. Jordan plans on continuing his graduate and professional education at the intersection of emergency management and cultural/natural heritage conservation. (Milwaukee, WI).

“Whether I select to define myself as an emergency manager interested in safeguarding cultural and natural heritage, or alternatively as an archaeologist and historian responsive to the harmful impacts of unsustainable development, violent conflict, and climate change, the MSP program has prepared me to work across disciplines and sectors—and has increased my own capacity to recognize my work through a more critical, transdisciplinary, and complexity-aware lens.” – Jordan Davis

hall_katie_alumwebKatie Hall
Associate Researcher
School of Freshwater Sciences, UWM

Katie is conducting research for Seth Siegel, Senior Policy Fellow at UWM’s 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. Katie is also currently working on her MBA at UWM (Milwaukee, WI).

 "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

richeson_becky_alumwebBecky Richeson
Systems and Complexity Program Manager
The Omyidyar Group

Becky currently provides support for several teams adopting a systems practice to more effectively understand and engage the complex contexts they seek to impact. Current projects include: widening the nature of education in the U.S. & political instability in Sudan (San Francisco, CA).

"[MSP] 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

Abdul Shour
PhD Candidate in Public Health
Medical College of Wisconsin

Abdul is pursuing a doctoral degree in public health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His current focus is on health policy that aims to increase state capacity to develop and implement policies and programs in support of maternal and child health in Milwaukee as well as his home country of Sierra Leone (Milwaukee, WI).

“The MSP was valuable in shaping my interest in maternal and child health. Through coursework, mentorship and fieldwork placements, the MSP provided me with the critical leadership skills in strategic planning and evaluation, and the transdisciplinary foundation necessary for grappling with complexity. This training helped me to become the best possible candidate for my doctoral program.” – Abdul Shour

Kacie Wright
Habitat Restoration Coordinator
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Kacie builds support for coastal restoration by providing opportunities for volunteers to participate in on-the-ground habitat restoration work such as dune restoration, marsh plantings, and coastal forest restoration (Baton Rouge, LA).

Along with understanding social-ecological systems, MSP has trained me to communicate the complexity of coastal land-loss to various stakeholders. Right now I use this skill to share the complex coastal land-loss issues facing Louisiana to volunteers from different backgrounds and industries.” – Kacie Wright