Ford School leadership

Deans

Michael Barr

Michael S. Barr

Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy

Michael Barr conducts research and writes about a wide range of issues in domestic and international financial regulation, with a particular emphasis on financial services for low-income communities. He served in President Barack H. Obama's Administration as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's assistant secretary for financial institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

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Paula Lantz


Paula Lantz

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Paula Lantz is a social demographer who studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. Lantz is currently engaged in research regarding the potential for and challenges associated with using social impact bonds to fund public/private partnerships aimed at improving health in low-income populations, including Medicaid beneficiaries. 

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Luke Shaefer


H. Luke Shaefer

Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement

Luke Shaefer serves as the inaugural director of Poverty Solutions, an interdisciplinary, presidential initiative at U-M that seeks to partner communities and policymakers to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty. Shaefer’s research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals in the fields of public policy, social work, public health, health services research, and history. 

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Senior Staff

Marcella Brighton
Chief Administrative Officer

Susan Guindi
Director of Student and Academic Affairs

Susan D. Johnson
Director of Development

Laura K. Lee
Director of Communications

Jennifer Niggemeier
Director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations

Stephanie Sanders
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer/Lecturer III