- Full nameKristine Giornalista
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- Please list your University and school/program.School:La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Please enter the degree awarded by your school.Degree:MPA
- Current PositionCurrent Position:Manager of Neighborhood Services
- OrganizationOrganization:Village of Oak Park, Illinois
Kristine Giornalista knows she is never going to know everything required to do her job.
Rather, she knows she has to pick the right team and ask the right questions.
As manager of neighborhood services for the village of Oak Park, Illinois, the 2004 alum applies the critical thinking skills she developed at the La Follette School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Affordable housing is Giornalista’s specialty, an expertise she gained on the job at Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, an anti-poverty nonprofit based in Chicago. She worked there 6.5 years, then joined IFF in 2011. She served as senior project manager the multistate nonprofit community development financial institution until August 2014, when she joined the staff of the village of Oak Park, the Chicago suburb where she lives.
The La Follette School’s master of public affairs degree gave her the perfect blend of management and analysis tools to become an expert in the highly specialized field of affordable housing finance. “Although my training at La Follette was not a one-to-one match, the education definitely prepared me to work in affordable housing,” she says. “The degree is a real benefit for working in the nonprofit sector.”