Connect with a master’s student

Our student ambassadors are excited to meet you and answer your questions about the Ford School experience, so ask them anything you would like to know about being a Fordie. Check out their biographies and policy interests to learn more about them, and connect with a current Fordie today!

Student ambassadors will rotate on a monthly basis. If none of the students listed share your policy interests, please contact fspp-admissions@umich.edu so that we may assist you in connecting with a Fordie.

Our student ambassadors

Tia Caldwell
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
tiacc@umich.edu

Tia spent the last three years working at the Congressional Budget Office, where she helped cost estimate legislation concerning nutrition assistance, higher education, and Social Security. She received her BA in Economics and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. At Ford, she is excited to learn how federal and local policy can more effectively combat domestic poverty.

Policy interests: analytic methods, domestic policy, poverty & social welfare

 

Fanta Conde
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
fconde@umich.edu

Fanta is a native New Yorker with ancestral roots in West Africa. Prior to joining the Ford School, Fanta worked as a development and education coordinator at the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI) where she focused on curricular vision and execution for the Economic Democracy Learning Center. Additionally, her work focused on strategy development to overcome the traditional frameworks of philanthropy/institutional giving, and to encourage valuable partnership between organizations and grantmaking institutions. Previously, she was a fellow at the Sustained Dialogue Institute — a conflict resolution, and international peacemaking organization. Fanta holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and philosophy from Pennsylvania State University.

Fanta has broad social policy interests which include public education reform, fostering dialogue for peacebuilding, exploring sustainable poverty solutions for disadvantaged communities, and intersections of philanthropy. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). In her freetime, Fanta is a skincare enthusiast, a lover of small town travel, and an admirer of art history.

Policy interests: education, ethics, poverty & social welfare

 

Elena Davert
Master of Public Policy/Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability (MPP/MS)
edavert@umich.edu

Elena Davert is a passionate public servant committed to equity and accountability in government. Hailing from California, she joins the University of Michigan to pursue a dual MPP/MS from the Ford School and School of Environmental and Sustainability.  Most recently, Elena spent three years managing community development and sustainability planning grants for the State of California, working most extensively in the cities of Los Angeles, Fresno, and Stockton.  From this experience, Elena formed an interest in workforce development and climate adaptation, which she hopes to build upon through her studies in program evaluation, public management, and environmental policy and informatics.  Elena holds a B.A. in Environment, Economics, and Politics from Claremont McKenna College, and a post-baccalaureate A.S. in GIS.

Policy interests: environment, labor markets, state & local policy

 

Scott Haeck
Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor (MPP/JD)
haeck@umich.edu

Scott is a native of mid-Michigan and an alum of state and federal civil service. He is pursuing a dual degree with the law school, where he serves as chair of the Disability Rights Organization and a board member of the Consumer Advocacy and Financial Regulation Organization, and a current member of the Ford DEI Coalition. His policy interests include civil and economic rights and systems of law.

Policy interests: human rights, macroeconomics & finance, poverty & social welfare

 

Hailey Jures
Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
hjures@umich.edu

Hailey Jures is a non-profit consultant specializing in strategic organizational development with a background in program development, fundraising, strategic planning, and sociological research. Her programmatic and research interests lie at the intersection of violence and inequality. Past projects have focused on juvenile justice, sexual and domestic violence, the child welfare system, and LGBTQIA+ youth. Most notably, Hailey designed and led an extensive interview study with incarcerated youth in Los Angeles County, home to the nation’s largest juvenile justice population. As a result, the Probation Department implemented several reforms as recommended by the youth themselves. Hailey graduated Summa Cum Laude in History and Sociology from Occidental College in 2014.

Policy interests: criminal justice & policing, health, poverty & social welfare

 

Kevin Finnegan
Master of Public Policy/Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA)
kevinfin@umich.edu

Kevin Finnegan has spent his career working to close the gap between potential and prosperity, one student at a time. After spending seven years in the education non-profit sector helping students on the path to and through college, Kevin returned to school himself to pursue a dual degree in business and public policy at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he is involved in numerous initiatives including serving in board leadership for the Detroit Revitalization and Business Club, Give-A-Day Fund, Net Impact Club, Education+Business, and the Domestic Policy Corps. He also is a Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholar, a Graduate Student Instructor for Values and Ethics, a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and has interned at the City of Detroit Mayor's Office and Deloitte Consulting’s Government and Public Sector division. He hopes to use his dual MBA/MPP to pursue a career at the intersection of business, education, and public policy, specifically working in social impact consulting. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his partner Anna, dog Barkley, and exploring Michigan's craft beer scene.

Policy interests: education, public & nonprofit management, state & local policy

 

Janice Le
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
janicele@umich.edu

Janice was born and raised in the Bay Area in an unincorporated community known as Ashland. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley as a first-generation low-income Vietnamese American student. Her experiences furthered her commitment to changing the educational outcomes of low-income, first-generation, students of color. Growing up, Janice found her voice through youth organizing efforts and is a firm believer that young people will change our world. Janice’s upbringing has fueled her dedication to holistically uplifting underserved and underrepresented communities of color. Outside of supporting young people, Janice enjoys spending time outdoors, staying active, and finding good food in new places.

Policy interests: education, race & ethnicity

 

Tory Lowy
Master of Public Policy/Master of Public Health (MPP/MPH)
torylowy@umich.edu

Tory Lowy graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in screenwriting and a minor in public health. Tory then worked as a publicist at the publishing company Simon & Schuster, before beginning a fellowship with NARAL Pro-Choice America. She enrolled at the University of Michigan in pursuit of her master’s degree in public health but soon recognized the value of pairing her degree with one in public policy—specifically social policy—to best enact change in health.

Policy interest: health

 

Erik Muliawan
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Please contact fspp-admissions@umich.edu to be connected with Erik.

Erik Muliawan was born and raised in Indonesia, a very beautiful country along the equator. He graduated from the University of Indonesia, majoring in Mass Communication. Currently he works at Bank Indonesia, the Central Bank of the Republic of Indonesia. Starting his career in mid-2013 as a communications analyst, he had the opportunity to have direct experience in central bank communication from a theoretical and policy perspective. Since early 2018 he has been a regional economic analyst at the Bank Indonesia Representative Office in Pontianak (city of equator). His colleagues knew him because of his critical thinking, determination, and high perseverance. Many of his friends also consider him smart and funny.

Policy interest: international macroeconomics & finance, macroeconomics & finance, policy & communication

 

Doug Ortiz
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
doortiz@umich.edu

Doug Ortiz is from Chicago, IL and formerly a research associate at Mathematica Policy Research. At Mathematica, Doug was a coordinator for the Engaging Fathers and Paternal Relatives in Child Welfare project for ACF and provided support for a Wallace Foundation initiative examining the significance of the assistant principal role as a pathway to the principalship. Doug completed his undergraduate studies in public policy and economics at DePaul University. He is also a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. His interests in research include social policy, racial justice, economic and racial disparities, methods, and LGBTQ and Latinx issues. Doug is pursuing a mission-driven career improving the economic and social realities in our communities.

Policy interest: analytic methods, poverty & social welfare, race & ethnicity

 

Priyanka Panjwani
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
ppanj@umich.edu

Priyanka is a first-year MPP Student at the Ford School, interested in welfare policy and how to address the social determinants of health. Previously, she completed her undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Economics and Mathematics. After graduating, Priyanka moved to Chicago to work as a Research Analyst in the Northwestern University Economics Department. At Ford, she works as a research assistant for the Youth Policy Lab and the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. 

Policy interests: analytic methods, health, poverty & social welfare

 

Jonathan Rodriguez
Master of Public Policy/Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA)
jonjrodz@umich.edu

Jonathan is a third year MBA/MPP dual degree candidate with an emphasis in strategy and concentrations in business analytics and quantitative analysis. Prior to Ford / Ross, Jonathan worked in the social impact sector for five years across several areas, including higher education, global health, and economic development. His experience includes conducting economic analysis for a domestic policy organization, and working in operations and grants/contracts services for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While in graduate school, Jonathan worked on tourism development in Timor-Leste and most recently as a Summer Consultant at Boston Consulting Group. Outside of class, Jonathan has been involved in the Board Fellows Program, the China Course / Trip, Open Road, the International Investment Fund, and is a graduate student instructor for the core microeconomics course. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Theology from Boston College.

Policy interests: applied microeconomics, international development, social innovation & entrepreneurship

 

Celia Sawyerr
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Please contact fspp-admissions@umich.edu to be connected with Celia.

Celia Sawyerr is passionate about helping vulnerable communities access opportunities, and has worked in the education and legal advocacy fields before joining the Ford School. As an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, she studied human rights in Africa and Latin America focusing on migration studies and international education, and is looking forward to honing economic and statistical skills that will help her better advocate for migrants at the policy level. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new music, watching period dramas, and keeping her plants alive. Originally from Atlanta, Celia is excited to brave a “real” winter and be part of the 2022 MPP cohort.

Policy interests: criminal justice & policing, human rights, politics