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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...

Events for alumni & friends

Ford School gatherings Each year, the Ford School and its alumni host events around the country (and even the world) to gather, network, and socialize. Whether hearing about a Ford School faculty member's latest research, connecting with a...
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Giving Tuesday: A practice in leadership

Feb 19, 2024
Last fall’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised over $4,500 from 29 donors for the Leadership Initiative (LI). Support for the Leadership Initiative enables students to have access to assessments, workshops, and coaching to increase their self-awareness,...
Alumni spotlight

MPA grads continue to collaborate across differences

Nov 28, 2023
When Mallak Beydoun (MPA ‘22) and Jeff Pfeifer (MPA ‘22) met at the Ford School, they quickly bonded over their shared government and campaign experience. Although they have different political perspectives, they continue to collaborate...
Alumni spotlight

Lishaun Francis (MPP ‘09) on her journey into child advocacy

Nov 2, 2023
Upon graduating from the Ford School, Lishaun Francis (MPP ‘09) headed to DC to work as a Management and Program Analyst at the United States Department of Education (DoE). Although she felt she was making an impact on public education, working at...
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Welcome new 2023 alumni board members

Jan 6, 2023
Six Ford School alumni have been elected by their peers to serve on the Alumni Board. The newly elected members bring experience in finance, consulting, government, and more. The elected members are: Alli Berry (BA '19) Brenda Duverce (MPP...
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Alum Brooke Bacigal (BA '20) named 2022 Schwarzman Scholar

Dec 13, 2022
From an initial pool of nearly 3,000 applicants, 151 Schwarzman Scholars were selected from 36 countries and 121 universities. We're incredibly proud to have two U-M wolverines in this elite cohort. The Schwarzman Scholars Program aims to prepare...
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Jessica Gillooly receives 2022 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award

Nov 1, 2022
Ford School alumna Jessica Gillooly (PhD ‘20) has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Raymond Vernon Memorial Award by the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM). Gillooly was recognized for her research, “Lights and...
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Ford School commencement ceremony to be held at Elbel Field

Mar 3, 2022
The Ford School will be celebrating the graduating Classes of 2022 on Saturday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. at an outdoor commencement ceremony at the iconic Elbel Field. Just down the road from Weill Hall at the corner of S. Division and Hill, Elbel...
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Greetings from the Dean - The Briefing, January 2022

Jan 20, 2022
Dear friends, Best wishes to you as we start 2022 with great hopes for the coming year, but also with significant uncertainty—a global pandemic, a growing awareness of the urgent need to defend our democracy, and our imperative struggle for...
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Welcome newly-elected 2022 Alumni Board members

Dec 16, 2021
Six Ford School alumni have been elected to serve on the Alumni Board by their peers. The newly elected members are all engaged alumni, bringing experience from numerous fields, including environmental work, philanthropy, consulting, government, and...
State & Hill

Celebrating 40 Years of PPIA

Dec 13, 2021
For 40 years, the Ford School's Public Policy & International Affairs Junior Summer Institute fellowship (PPIA JSI), previously known as the Sloan or Woodrow Wilson fellowship, has helped launch promising undergraduate students on a path toward...
State & Hill

Class Notes, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
Frank Spence (MPA '60) was elected president of the Port of Astoria Commission, the only deep water port in Oregon to accommodate Alaskan cruise ships. Kaoru Mamiya (MPA '73) celebrated his 77th birthday on September 3, 2020, a very special...
State & Hill

Joint PhD program celebrates 20 years

Dec 13, 2021
Since 2001, nearly 100 students have earned a doctoral degree from the Ford School's pioneering joint PhD program. Students receive grounding in their discipline of choice from Michigan's top-ranked social science departments—economics, sociology,...