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Term Ending December 31, 2016

Peter Fritz - MPP/MBA '10
Huron Consulting Group

Candidate ImageAn associate on the higher education team at Huron Consulting Group in Philadelphia, Pa., Peter Fritz provides management consulting services—including strategic planning, regulatory and policy compliance recommendations, and operational enhancement advising—to colleges, universities, and other research institutions. Prior to this position, Fritz worked with the Henry Ford Learning Institute in Dearborn, Mich., developing performance management tools and staffing models, crafting charter applications for new schools, and creating a school roll-out toolkit for emerging charter schools in Detroit, Chicago, and San Antonio. His policy areas of expertise include consulting, education, finance and financial markets, macroeconomics and money, non-profit management, and urban policy.

Keith Fudge - MPP '09
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Candidate ImageKeith Fudge is a program analyst in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition to communications work supporting the dissemination of HUD's research efforts, Keith has played a role in the development of the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative, an interagency effort to improve capacity and promote resilience in distressed localities, break federal silos, and ensure that federal funds are being utilized effectively. His areas of expertise include urban development and local governance.

Tres Fuller - BA '10
Michigan Nonprofit Association Civic Engagement AmeriCorps*VISTA

Candidate ImageTrés Fuller is a Michigan Nonprofit Association Civic Engagement AmeriCorps*VISTA, building capacity in the fight against poverty. He serves at Davenport University in Warren and Livonia, Mich., and at Winning Futures, a nonprofit mentoring program that helps high school students develop a strategic plan for achieving their life and careers goals. Prior to this, Fuller served at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich., and the Detroit office of Operation HOPE, a financial literacy nonprofit that teaches children essential financial skills such as banking, budgeting, and the responsible use of credit. Fuller has recruited and coordinated volunteers, hosted seminars, and taught classes. He works closely with college and K-12 students, faculty, and administrators to deliver engaging and effective programming.

Catherine Lomax - MPP '01
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Candidate ImageCatherine Lomax joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2001, where she currently manages the provision of investment and liquidity management services to foreign central banks. Lomax previously spent five years in the Bank Supervision group of the New York Fed and undertook a year-long rotation through the Chief of Staff’s Office. During her time at the Fed, she has also provided technical assistance to central banks in emerging nations. Her areas of expertise include central bank operations, financial markets, international economic policy, and public management.

Simon Tam - MPP '11
The Clinton Foundation

Candidate ImageAs foreign policy associate at the Clinton Foundation, Simon Tam works with President Clinton's foreign policy adviser to brief the president on a wide range of international issues ranging from the Northern Ireland peace process to agricultural development in Myanmar. In this capacity, Tam also supports the foundation's international initiatives, helping manage relations with foreign governments and heads of state. Previously, Tam worked as an account executive with the foundation's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where he helped facilitate the creation of international development projects in health, education, and environmental sustainability. His policy areas of expertise include international relations, international development, and U.S. foreign policy.

Jomo Thorne - MPP/MBA '08
Pacific Gas & Electric

Candidate ImageJomo Thorne manages the Value Based Reliability group at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). In this role, Thorne leads all efforts to develop and implement strategies for performing market-based analyses of power plant outage schedules. Among other functions, Thorne's team is responsible for developing analytical tools, enhancing business processes and governance, and deploying sensors and other information technology in support of conditions-based maintenance. Prior to this position, Thorne managed PG&E’s Renewable and Clean Energy Strategy Team, guiding and shaping strategies to deploy renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its energy supply portfolio. His policy areas of expertise include energy, and community and economic development.

Paul Weech - MPP '81
Housing Partnership Network

Candidate ImagePaul Weech is a federal housing policy expert with more than 25 years of experience in the affordable housing and financial services fields. As the executive vice president for policy and member engagement with the Housing Partnership Network, Weech directs policy development and advocacy for the high-performing nonprofit affordable housing sector in Washington, D.C. Prior to his current role, Weech served in a variety of affordable housing and public policy leadership positions, including vice president for mission strategy and execution at Fannie Mae, chief of staff at the United States Small Business Administration, and staff director for the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Term Ending December 31, 2015

Jeff Barnes - MPP '09
State of Michigan

Candidate ImageJeff Barnes is director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, a new agency established by Governor Rick Snyder to help veterans access the many federal and state benefits available to them as they transition back to civilian life after deployment. Prior to this position, Barnes served as Governor Rick Snyder’s deputy chief of staff, deputy director of strategy, and executive director of public safety. Barnes began his career serving nearly 10 years in the United States Army, with tours in Korea, the Balkans, and Iraq, and has won a number of prestigious awards for his service and leadership. His policy areas of expertise include national security, state and local politics, and budget and finance.

Adam Cowing - MPP '08
Public Counsel Law Center

Candidate ImageAdam is a staff attorney in the community development project at Public Counsel, a nonprofit legal organization serving low-income people in Los Angeles. He represents local nonprofits engaged in housing and economic development, as well as tenant groups, and maintains a specific focus on the development and preservation of affordable housing. Adam also works on civil rights issues related to housing, enforcing compliance with requirements such as fair housing laws. He regularly engages in related policy work at local, state, and federal levels, advocating for inclusive planning and development policies. Adam also holds a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. His areas of expertise include community development, housing law and policy, administrative law, and public finance.

Paul Hanna - MPP '05
United Nations

Candidate ImageA statistician for the United Nations in New York, Paul Hanna began his career working in a regional office for the Middle East, stationed in Beirut. There he worked on water and environmental issues. Prior to this position, Hanna served as an economic affairs officer at the United Nations, a senior budget analyst with the New York Office of Management and Budget, and an engineer at the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board. His areas of expertise include budgeting, the environment, statistics, international classification, and international development.

Victor Miesel - MPP '87
Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P.

Candidate ImageGlobal director and chief economist at Jefferson Wells International, Victor Miesel’s expertise is in international corporate taxation and finance—commonly called transfer pricing—the primary mechanism by which multi-national corporations manage their effective tax rate. Euromoney magazine has recognized Miesel as one of the leading transfer pricing experts for the past four years. He is a frequent speaker at international corporate taxation seminars in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and manages a global group of economists and international tax lawyers. Miesel’s areas of policy expertise include finance and financial markets, international macroeconomics and finance, international trade and investment, and tax and public finance.

Ashley Weech - BA '10

Candidate ImageAshley Weech is a research assistant in the families and children policy area at MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research organization dedicated to improving programs and policies that affect low-income people. In this role, she is responsible for selecting, and providing ongoing technical assistance to, programs participating in MDRC studies, and for providing support for research design, data collection, and data analysis. She currently works on two projects: the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE), an evaluation of 85 home visiting programs in 12 states across the country that aims to improve the health and well-being of at-risk mothers; and the Robin Hood Foundation Early Childhood Initiative’s Making Pre-K Count study. For this project, she recruits new programs and supports participating schools in their use of an early childhood math intervention designed to improve the academic trajectories of impoverished children in New York City. To date, the policy areas which she has explored include maternal and child health and early childhood education.

Term Ending December 31, 2014

Elle Beard - BA '09
Echelle Strategies

Candidate ImageElle Beard is the founder of Echelle Strategies, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, partnerships, and communications. Among her consulting work, Beard serves as project manager for the RE.invest Initiative, a national program supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, to create a transformational shift in the way cities design, plan, and invest in resilient infrastructure systems. Beard's career has focused on creating and strengthening innovative and effective partnerships between government and the private sector. Prior to her launch of Echelle Strategies, Beard served as special assistant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of International and Tribal Affairs. In this role, she helped to develop and manage the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability, the Tribal EcoAmbassadors Program, and EPA's efforts to promote innovation in environmental technologies that can protect the environment while also helping to build our US economy.

Maureen Donohue Krauss - MPP '85
Detroit Regional Chamber

Candidate ImageMaureen Donohue Krauss is vice president of economic development and business attraction at the Detroit Regional Chamber. In this role, she is responsible for strategy, operations, and projects of the Chamber’s business attraction program, a key part of its economic development program portfolio. Krauss joined the Chamber in December 2011 after working in a similar capacity for Oakland County, Michigan for 13 years. In Oakland County, she served as director of the Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs from 2009-11 and as deputy director from 2005-09. In 2003, Krauss served as the president of the Michigan Economic Developers Association.

Dana Hopings - MPP '01
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Candidate ImageDana Hopings is a senior policy analyst for the Education, Workforce and Income Security team at the United States Government Accountability Office, an agency dedicated to improving the performance and accountability of the federal government. There she plans and conducts reviews of multiagency programs and the internal operations of individual agencies. She has also supervised graduate student research projects such as the Ford School Applied Policy Seminar, and others. Prior to this position, Hopings worked as a management consultant, non-profit advocate, and as legislative staff for the U.S. House of Representatives. Her policy areas of expertise include workforce development, disability, and veterans' policy issues.

Daniela Pineda - PhD '10
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Candidate ImageAs first strategic data officer, Daniela Pineda supports the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Team, which aims to dramatically increase the number of young Americans who complete a postsecondary degree. Prior to this work, Daniela was a research fellow at MDRC, working with the Young Adults and Postsecondary Education Policy area in New York City. Pineda served as a visiting scholar at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and has held research fellowships with Mathematica Policy Research and the National Science Foundation. Her policy areas of expertise include institutional reform, data, and policy and accountability in higher education.

Andrew Schroeder - MPP '07
Direct Relief International

Candidate ImageAndrew Schroeder is director of research and analysis for Direct Relief International, a non-governmental organization that provides medical supplies and assistance to clinics that treat people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and around the world. In this capacity, he leads efforts to integrate data analysis, spatial technologies, and health informatics with the targeting of humanitarian assistance, the expansion of philanthropic resources, and the design, monitoring, and evaluation of global health programs. He travels frequently to project sites across the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Schroeder holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.

Dan Sheppard - MPP '90
New York State Division of the Budget

Candidate ImageAs a deputy director with the New York State Division of the Budget, Dan Sheppard plays a leadership role in the development, negotiation, and implementation of the budgets for healthcare and disability services programs; public higher education systems and higher education opportunity programs; and public protection agencies. Recently, he was part of a multi-agency team that redesigned the state’s $53 billion Medicaid program to control costs and improve healthcare outcomes for nearly five million beneficiaries. Sheppard has also served the State Education Department and the State University of New York. His areas of policy expertise include budget and finance, state and local governance, health care, and higher education.


Claire Hutchinson - MPP '14

Candidate ImageClaire Hutchinson is the graduate student representative to the Ford School Alumni Board and a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to coming to the Ford School, Hutchinson was a health insurance specialist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In this role she worked on a team to implement major provisions of the Affordable Care Act including health insurance exchanges. During the summer of 2013, she interned with Accenture’s Health and Public Service management consulting practice and worked directly with a major health insurance company preparing to sell products on exchanges. Hutchinson hopes to use the skills developed at the Ford School to improve health care quality, decrease costs, and increase access to care through public and private programs.

Kelsey Rhodes - BA '14

Candidate ImageKelsey Rhodes is a senior in the Ford School’s undergraduate degree program and the license holder and curator of TEDxUofM, the University of Michigan’s TEDx event. Rhodes currently works to expand entrepreneurship and innovation resources for all U-M students as a student assistant to the university’s senior counselor for entrepreneurial education. Last summer, Rhodes served as the only student member of the service excellence department at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). The summer before, she worked with Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest to improve patient service across the region. At the Ford School, Rhodes focuses on public health and wellness policy, and hopes to continue to work in the field, perhaps at a not-for-profit, after graduation.