An Award-Winning Dedication to Public Service

La Follette High School (LHS) class of 2002 alumnus Andrew Bentley recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School, with a Masters in Public Administration. He was a Presidential Scholar in the Mid-Career Program that included 200 other people representing more than 60 countries, and his studies focused on racial justice, leadership and economic empowerment. After graduation, Bentley was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Public Service, which is one of the most prestigious honors given to graduates. He recently accepted an offer to work for Harvard Kennedy School's nonprofit consulting firm, the Government Performance Lab (GPL), which provides pro bono support to local and state governments who are taking on difficult social challenges. He'll be leading the GPL's new efforts on economic mobility.

Prior to graduate school, Bentley received a Bachelor’s of Science from Northwestern University in Journalism and Political Science and spent most of his career at Google working to ensure digital inclusion in the US. An advocate for universal access to quality and affordable healthcare, he is also the co-founder of Global Health Corps, a 12 year old nonprofit with a mission to train young leaders to strengthen health systems in five countries, including the US. He was also a stay-at-home father for three years after his first child was born, as well as an entrepreneur, pitching his start up on Shark Tank a few years ago. 

Bentley is very proud to have been born and raised on the eastside of Madison and continues to stay involved with his alma mater by participating as a member of the La Follette High School Board of Visitors. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children. 

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