The Ford School Committee is pleased to welcome three new members: Michael Fleming, Steve Hamp, and Peggy Thompson.
Committee members support the Ford School in a number of ways, including raising the school's visibility among policy leaders, supporting faculty and staff initiatives, and increasing philanthropic investments in the school's work.
Meet our three newest school ambassadors below:
Michael Fleming is executive director of the Los Angeles-based David Bohnett Foundation. With a background in broadcast media and public affairs, Mr. Fleming has helped to promote the foundation’s mission of improving society through social justice. He teaches graduate classes at UCLA, including the LGBT capstone course and classes on the intersection between philanthropy and public policy. He is also chairman of the board of directors of KCRW and a trustee of the NPR Foundation. A Boston native, Fleming lives in Los Angeles and is married to California Court of Appeals Justice Luis A. Lavin.
Steven K. Hamp (MPP '78, HLLD '02) is former president of The Henry Ford Museum and former vice president and chief of staff of the Ford Motor Company. Mr. Hamp has served on the boards of dozens of not-for-profit organizations over the years and is currently serving as board chair for the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation, governing council chair for The New Economy Initiative, board of commissioners chair for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, and with his wife, Sheila Ford Hamp, as co-chair of The Purple Rose Theatre Company. The Hamps have three sons, including Ford School alum Christopher (Kiff) Hamp (MPP '14), and reside in Ann Arbor.
Margaret E. (Peggy) Thompson (MD '85) is an associate professor of family medicine and associate dean for academic affairs at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. Dr. Thompson serves as trustee and secretary of the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Dr. Thompson grew up in Midland, Michigan and is the daughter of Margaret Ann (Ranny) and John Riecker, long-time friends of the Ford School. She currently lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Dr. David E. Thompson (BS ’81, MD ’85). They have two daughters, Sarah and Stephanie (BSN ’15).