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Alum Career Guidance

What does a career in health policy look like? With so many W&M alums working in health policy, it’s easy to see the variety of employers and jobs out there.  Here are just a few stories of how some of our alums got started on their way.

Lawren Bercaw (MPP, '05)
Research Public Health Analyst, RTI International

William Bleser (BS, Neuroscience, '09; MSPH; PhD)
Managing Associate, Payment Reform and Population Health, Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University

Ryan Buckland (BA, Public Policy, '13)
Senior Systems Analyst, Virginia Hospital Center

Amanda Smith Cassidy (MPP, '98)
Health Policy Advisor, Arnold & Porter

Kate Taft (BA, Psychology, '03; MPH)
Associate Director of Child & Adolescent Health, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

Mark Tyndall (MPP, '02; JD)
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Counsel of Legal Investigations, Mallinckrodt

Jonathan Yost (MPP, '11)
Director of Managed Care Contracting, Community Care Network of Virginia, Inc.

More alums are featured on recent 
alumni panels (2020 and 2018).  

Alums, want to share your story with current students? Contact Kelly Metcalf-Meese at for more information.