Communications and Outreach
WELCOME TO THE COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH OFFICE AT THE
GERALD R. FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY.
The Communications and Outreach Department is responsible for advancing the Ford School’s visibility and reputation with prospective students, alumni, academic and policy communities, and other audiences. We produce Ford School communications materials such as newsletters, brochures, manuals, posters, websites, event announcements, weblogs, podcasts, and more. We develop and maintain the key Ford School brand elements used in recruitment materials, websites, and other marketing collateral that promotes the Ford School’s academic programs, research centers, students, and faculty.
The Communications and Outreach Department hosts the school’s public lecture series, designed to (1) enrich the curriculum by bringing policymakers and analysts to Ann Arbor to interact with our students and (2) fulfill the school’s mission of providing a forum for dialogue on key public policy issues.
Thank You For Your Interest in the
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Laura K. Lee
Director of Communications and Outreach
Laura K. Lee is the Director of Communications and Outreach at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. An alum of the Ford School (MPP '96), Laura has over twelve years of experience in public sector and academic advocacy, communications, and management. Before assuming her current position at the Ford School, Laura spent two years providing organizational and administrative leadership to fulfill the research, mentoring, and dissemination goals of the National Poverty Center (NPC), a nonpartisan, academic research center housed at the school.
Meeting and Special Events Planner
Web Designer Administrator Senior
Chris Myers started at the Ford School in September 2008. Prior to this, he was Webmaster at the School of Education for 7 years. In addition to working on the School of Education's Web site, he also worked with research projects doing technical consulting, graphic design and Web design. Chris has a bachelor of education in secondary Social Studies as well as a Master's of education in education technology from the University of Toledo. He is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese, has previously run for office and remains involved in the Toledo political scene.
Katie Trevathan is the Publications Manager at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She has worked in the marketing, design, and communications field for nearly ten years. Katie is responsible for collaboratively enhancing the Ford School's brand and visibility using an integrated marketing approach. She coordinates the production of new and existing publications for the various units within the Ford School, and also has editorial oversight of the website. Katie has managed communications at U-M for the Office of International Programs and, most recently, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. She has a BA in Advertising, with a specialization in Italian Studies, from Michigan State University and earned her MS in Integrated Marketing Communications at Eastern Michigan University.
Before coming to the Ford School, Lillien Waller worked for more than a decade as a marketing and communications writer in academic publishing. As Writer for Communications and Outreach, she is responsible for promoting the school's mission and making school initiatives and faculty research accessible to a wide audience. An alum of the U-M, Lillien also has interdisciplinary degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, the New School for Social Research, and Emory University. She is an accomplished poet and, most recently, edited the collection American Ghost, which explores life in urban and rural communities after deindustrialization in poetry and photographs.