Alumni Board self-nomination


Join the Alumni Board

The Alumni Board self-nomination period is open! Submit a self-nomination from October 13-October 29 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Each fall, the Ford School issues a call for Alumni Board nominations. You can put your name on the ballot for one of five open seats by submitting your self-nomination. Four seats are reserved for MPP/MPA or doctoral alumni, and one for an alum from our bachelor’s program. Terms last for three years. This term would run from January 1, 2022-December 31, 2024. If you are interested in joining the board and would like to learn more, a Zoom session will be held to answer your questions on October 20 at 5 p.m. EDT. E-mail Elisabeth Johnston at if you would like to participate in the session. 

In your self-nomination, describe your career achievements, professional experience, and policy areas of expertise. Also, share how you could add value to the Alumni Board and what additional skills or experience you could bring to the board. Lastly, include your reasons for wanting to serve on the Alumni Board.

What is the Alumni Board?

The Alumni Board is comprised of eighteen alumni and two student representatives who support a variety of Ford School activities, including career services, student recruitment, and fundraising. In recent years, Alumni Board members organized Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day events, provided feedback on the school’s new website design, supported student internships, and conducted mock interviews, resume reviews, and office hours with current students.

What are the board's responsibilities?

The Alumni Board is a service board. Ideal board members are looking for ways to connect with the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Ford School through activities like resume reviews and office hours for current students, engaging fellow alumni through events and communications, and supporting the staff at the Ford School in their work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Acting as a resource and sounding board for the departments handling graduate career services, alumni relations, development, outreach and communications, and student and academic services
  • Serving as key volunteers and goodwill ambassadors of the school with alumni, current and prospective students, current and potential employers, and other constituents of the school by making phone calls to admitted students, attending student recruitment fairs, organizing events, and more
  • Attending board meetings twice a year in Ann Arbor, in the spring and fall (travel expenses are the responsibility of board members), and serve on board subcommittees (alumni engagement/visibility, elections/nominations, fundraising, and student engagement) throughout the year. 

The tentative date for the spring meeting is Friday, April 8, 2022. More details will be made available in January 2022 regarding the format of this meeting (i.e. in-person, virtual, or hybrid) and related meeting activities.

The Alumni Board bylaws outline the board's structure and responsibilities. 

What expertise and experience does the Alumni Board need?

We’re always looking for enthusiastic leaders from a variety of policy fields and graduation years to join the Alumni Board. Highly functioning board members are available, responsive, and engaged. Alumni with experience in data science, health care, international work, and/or the Federal government and a commitment to promoting racial equity and inclusion, are especially encouraged to apply. If you are eager to be involved, we encourage you to submit a self-nomination between October 13 and October 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Who is eligible to serve on the Alumni Board?

Candidates must have a minimum of two years of professional work experience, as determined by the nominations committee, prior to the nomination deadline.

Need additional information about board activities and responsibilities?

Contact the Alumni Board vice-chair, Mellie Torres, Ph.D., MPP ‘97 or Elisabeth Johnston with your questions. 

Also, you will have the opportunity to ask questions during a Zoom session on October 20 at 5 p.m. EDT. If you would like to attend, RSVP to Elisabeth Johnston.

Have any questions?