Departments and Research Centers

Development & alumni relations

The Ford School Development team strives to maximize private support for the Ford School by cultivating and maintaining relationships with students, colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations.

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Marissa Day

Associate Major Gifts Officer, Development and Alumni Relations
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Kellen Epstein

Major Gifts Officer
Kellen Epstein is the major gifts officer at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. In her role, she works to build relationships with alumni and friends of the Ford School to encourage and broaden their engagement with…
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Luke Horner

Stewardship Officer, Development & Alumni Relations
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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…
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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…
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Jackie Riecks

Senior Development Assistant
Jackie Riecks is a senior development assistant in the Ford School's Office of…

Alumni

A powerful network, a shared vision Whether you're closing achievement gaps, improving water quality, reinvigorating struggling communities, or streamlining government services, there's a place for you here. Ford School alumni address an...

Giving

A bold vision. A lasting impact. The Ford School is a top-ranked policy school at the world-class University of Michigan. Our mission is to inspire and prepare our graduates to take on our communities’ and the world’s most pressing...
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Sutphen, Farrell add deep expertise to Ford School Committee

Dec 3, 2021
Adding to our talented and distinguished Ford School Committee, we are pleased to welcome two new members to the school’s external advisory group. David Sutphen, the chief strategy and engagement officer for the online learning platform 2U, and...
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Ambassador Levitsky’s gift supports student internships

Feb 11, 2021
With a generous gift from Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, a Professor of International Policy and Practice, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will establish the Joan Levitsky Internship Fund. The Fund, established in memory of Joan Levitsky,...
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Ford School welcomes four new Committee members

Dec 2, 2020
The Ford School is pleased to announce that four distinguished, dynamic leaders have joined our Committee, the school’s external advisory group. The new members are Dudley Benoit (MPP ‘95), executive vice president for Alliant Capital, Ltd.;...
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Ford School names Weill Scholars and Weill Youth Policy Fellow

Oct 26, 2020
The Ford School has named its inaugural Weill Scholars, Fanta Condé (MPP ‘22) and Max Hill (MPP ‘22), along with its inaugural Weill Youth Policy Fellow, Heather Berg (MPP ‘23). All three students are recipients of prestigious Rackham Master’s...

Giving Blueday 2024: A decade of impact, driven by you.

Mar 13, 2024, 12:00 am-11:59 pm EDT
Worldwide
On Wednesday, March 13, celebrate Giving Blueday's 10th anniversary! From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST, Fordies around the globe will have the opportunity to support what we love about the Ford School and University of Michigan! 

Giving Blueday 2023: Be part of something bigger

Mar 15, 2023, All Day
Worldwide
Giving is everything. Giving brings us together. From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST, Fordies around the globe have a unique opportunity to come together and support what each of us loves about the Ford School and University of Michigan.

Weiser Diplomacy Fellows alumni experiences

Feb 20, 2023, 11:30 am-12:45 pm EST
3240 Weill Hall
The Weiser Diplomacy Center, Career Services, and Development and Alumni Relations are offering sessions during the winter '23 semester for you to engage with alumni who are working abroad/have worked abroad and/or work on a variety of international policy issues. 

Giving Blueday 2022: Support what you ♡ about the Ford School

Mar 16, 2022, All Day
Worldwide
One day. All of us. What will you do in one day? From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST, Fordies around the globe have a unique opportunity to come together and support what each of us loves about the Ford School and University of Michigan.

Kohn Collaborative celebratory t-shirt pickup

Nov 3, 2021, All Day
Weill Hall
We've ordered special Kohn Collaborative t-shirts for the entire community! Please wear yours to Weill Hall on November 3rd to show your pride in the Ford School and your commitment to the public good.

Giving Blueday 2021: Support what you ♡ about the Ford School

Mar 10, 2021, All Day
Worldwide
One day. All of us. What will you do in one day? From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST, Fordies around the globe have a unique opportunity to come together and support what each of us loves about the Ford School and University of Michigan.

Ford School Reunion

Oct 4-5, 2019, 12:00-6:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
We'll be celebrating this fall! Save the date and join us for the Ford School Reunion!
Ford School

HAIL YEAH! Student day of thanks

Mar 14, 2018, 9:30-11:30 am EDT
Weill Hall, Great Hall
Come thank an alum, get a t-shirt, and celebrate the impact all gifts have on our university. Does every gift matter? Hail Yeah!