Introducing the 2023 David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellows

October 2, 2023

First-year Master’s students, Madison Prinzing (MPP ‘25) and Katrina Wheelan (MPP ‘25) have been selected as the 2023 David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellows.

The Bohnett Fellows receive two years of in-state tuition support, will serve a paid internship with the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office next summer, and will attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, DC. Since the launch of the fellowship in 2010, Bohnett Fellows have served integral roles in Detroit’s public service projects including, but not limited to, infrastructure projects, social justice initiatives, bolstering small business development, and community outreach. Learn more about the Bohnett Fellowship and read about previous fellows' experiences here.

Madison Prinzing

Prinzing is a lifelong Michigander with roots at the University of Michigan with undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Spanish. After graduation, she worked for PEAC, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities through biking, bussing, and walking. At PEAC, Prinzing learned about accessible, healthy communities and the current gaps that limit Southeast Michigan. While at the Ford School, Prinzing hopes to develop her quantitative skills and connect with others at the intersection of local policy. Prinzing is looking forward to exploring the ways in which policy can be innovative in local government, especially in regards to creating infrastructure that encourages movement, connection, and community.

Katrina Wheelan

Katrina Wheelan works at the intersection of data science and social science, using quantitative methods and technology to inform policy implementation. Most recently, she served as a research manager for the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs. In this role, Wheelan led several partnerships with federal and state agencies, leveraging machine learning to improve environmental regulatory compliance. She also served as the technical lead for a project evaluating novel techniques for detecting and measuring illegal methane emissions from Colorado’s oil and gas facilities. Previously, Wheelan worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where she developed a tool to improve the resolution of climate models. Wheelan holds a B.A. in mathematics and history from Williams College.


David Bohnett is a University of Michigan alumnus (MBA '80) and entrepreneur. The foundation that bears his name is committed to improving society through social activism.