Departments and Research Centers

Alumni Relations

The Alumni Relations office helps graduates stay connected to the Ford School and each other after graduation through communications, events, and services. 

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Susan D. Johnson

Chief Development Officer
Sue Johnson is the chief development officer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Sue joined the Ford School in February 2016 and oversees all fundraising and alumni relations efforts, coordinates with the dean and other members of the Ford…

Elisabeth A. Johnston

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Office of Development & Alumni Relations
Elisabeth Johnston is the assistant director of alumni relations in the Ford School's Office of Development and Alumni Relations. In this role, she serves as the primary liaison to the Ford School Alumni Board, partners with Graduate Career Services…

January Career Expo taps Ford School’s global community

Jan 29, 2021
Finding opportunity among the continued challenges of the coronavirus, the Ford School’s traditional career trip to Washington, DC took on a new and expanded approach this year in the form of a three-day virtual January Graduate Student Career Expo...

Welcome newly elected Alumni Board members

Dec 17, 2020
Six Ford School alumni have been elected to the Alumni Board by their peers. Their term starts January 1, 2021, and runs through December 31, 2023. The elected members all are very engaged members of the alumni community, and they bring experience...

Fordie Grad Fair

Apr 18, 2023, 11:30 am-1:30 pm EDT
"The Becky" (Great Hall)
Congratulations, '23 graduates! Let's celebrate your upcoming graduation at Fordie Grad Fair!

Welcome HoMe celebration

Sep 23, 2022, 3:30-8:00 pm EDT
Sep 24, 2022, 12:00-3:30 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
The Ford School warmly welcomes back our graduates for Homecoming this fall!  
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

The future of coups d'etat

Sep 22, 2022, 11:30 am-12:45 pm EDT
3240 Weill Hall
Professor John Chin’s (MPP '08) research focuses on the politics of unrest—from coups to nonviolent protest to assassinations—and regime change, authoritarian survival, and democratization.

12th annual Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day

Jul 14, 2022, All Day
Ann Arbor; Detroit; Raleigh; Washington, DC; and worldwide
Show it! Share it! See you there! Celebrate your #FordSpirit at the 12th annual Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day! 

Ford School 2020 Comeback Commencement reception

May 6, 2022, 3:30-5:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Great Hall
The Ford School invites graduates from the class of 2020, who are planning to attend the University’s 2020 Comeback Commencement, to an afternoon reception at Weill Hall.

Alumni Board meeting

Apr 8, 2022, 8:30 am-4:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, #3240
The Alumni Board is a service board made up of Ford School alumni. 

Alumni in Residence conversation with Nicole Shepardson

Feb 22, 2021, 12:00-12:50 pm EST
Join us for the Alumni in Residence conversation with Nicole Shepardson (MPP '01), policy team leader and senior protection policy officer in the Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.  

Trivia and networking

Jan 13, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm EST
Ford School trivia followed by networking session for graduate students and alumni.

Homecoming weekend 2020

Oct 23, 2020, 12:00-5:00 pm EDT
The University of Michigan Homecoming Weekend is Friday, October 23-Sunday, October 25, 2020. 

Alumni Board meeting

Oct 2, 2020, 8:00 am-5:00 pm EDT
Virtual - details to follow
The Ford School Alumni Board meeting will take place Friday, October 2 in a virtual format.

Alumni Board meeting

Apr 3, 2020, 12:00-2:00 pm EDT
Virtual - conference call
The Alumni Board is a service board and the members provide assistance in the areas of alumni engagement, fundraising, student professional development, and student recruitment.