Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

Wicked problems: The role of imagination and creativity

Date & time

Sep 12, 2016, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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From the speaker's bio:

Annie Maxwell (AB '00, MPP '02) has driven national and global initiatives across the humanitarian, government, and international policy sectors throughout her career. She currently serves as President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, mobilizing innovative approaches that address the most critical threats of our time.

She joined Skoll Global Threats in 2010, as Chief Operating Officer, after serving as a White House Fellow in the Office of Vice President Biden, where she focused on the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

From 2002 to 2009, Annie was with Direct Relief, ultimately serving as the organization's Chief Operating Officer. Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and 70 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. From 2005 to 2006, Annie was seconded to the United Nation’s Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, led by Special Envoy President Bill Clinton. There, she served as Partnerships and Outreach Officer, focusing on environmental issues and the role of NGOs in the recovery effort.

Annie is currently a board member of Muso, an NGO whose mission it is to eliminate preventable deaths in the world’s most impoverished communities. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Marshall Fund, a nonpartisan American public policy think-tank and grant making institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between North America and Europe.

Annie received her Master’s in Public Policy and B.A. in English and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan. She attended the university on a full athletic scholarship and was captain of the university’s Division I volleyball team.

This event is made possible in part through the generous support of the Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund.


More about the Josh Rosenthal Education Fund

This lecture is supported by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's Josh Rosenthal Education Fund. The Fund was created in memory of Josh Rosenthal, a 1979 U-M graduate who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The fund supports lectures, research, and student internships that encourage public discussion and greater understanding of changes in the world since 9/11.