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Leaders grounded in service We are America’s first graduate public service training program and among its most prominent—respected for the excellence of our faculty, our grounding in social science research and quantitative analysis, the...
Alumni spotlight

Ammara Ansari (MPP ‘19) serves Detroit youth through evaluation

Jul 14, 2021
Ammara Ansari (MPP ‘19) never imagined working on youth education and wellness policy or conducting evaluations—but in a joint fellowship with The Skillman Foundation and the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), that is exactly what she’s doing....
Alumni spotlight

Sharon Dolente (MPP/JD ‘04) expands ballot access in Michigan

Jul 13, 2021
Instrumental in passing Proposal 3, which heavily expanded access to the ballot in Michigan, Sharon Dolente (MPP/JD ‘04) is an expert at creating voting rights policy. “Although Americans identify in our tribes, or our camps, or our political...
News

Bentley gift bolsters MPP internships

Jun 28, 2021
Thanks to a generous gift from Ann Bentley and the Alvin M. Bentley Foundation in 2020 and in 2021, 10 MPP students were able to secure required summer internships without worrying about costs or income.  “Funding support enables Ford School...
Alumni spotlight

Kristy Hartman (MPP ‘13) informs and supports state energy policy

Jun 28, 2021
Before she took a position at the Nuclear Energy Institute as the director of stakeholder strategy & engagement, Kristy Hartman (MPP ‘13) served as the energy program director at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). NCSL’s energy...
State & Hill

Dream big, listen, and know when to compromise

Jun 10, 2021
Elected and newly appointed alumni on public leadership We asked four seasoned pros what they’ve learned about leadership, overcoming governing challenges, and what public servants can do to succeed in a contentious political landscape. State...
Alumni spotlight

Brandy Johnson (MPP ‘09) makes college accessible in Michigan

Jul 29, 2020
Increasing college access has been a top priority for Brandy Johnson (MPP '09). What started as a $2 million grant application Johnson was asked to write during her Ford School internship with Governor Granholm evolved into the highly successful...
Alumni spotlight

Tannistha Datta (MPA ‘09) protects children’s rights in India

Jul 13, 2020
Since volunteering with a children’s nonprofit in high school, Tannistha Datta (MPA '09) wanted to pursue children’s rights protection work. At the Ford School, this desire was confirmed. "Through policy and international development frameworks, the...

Two MPP alumni named 2019 Victory Empowerment Fellows

May 31, 2019
On May 23, 2019, Victory Institute announced this year’s Victory Empowerment Fellows, naming two Ford School alumni, Brenda Duverce (MPP ‘16) and Preston Parish (MPP ‘18). Victory Empowerment is a national organization that strives to promote openly...

MPP alum named Health Policy Research Scholar

Oct 15, 2018
Demar Lewis (MPP ’16), a member of the Ford School’s Alumni Board, was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar (HPRS). This prestigious program supports second-year doctoral students across disciplines who have an...

New concentrations offered to strengthen MPP skillset 

Oct 1, 2018
Master of Public Policy (MPP) students will have the opportunity to declare a concentration in one of five policy areas starting in fall 2019. The five optional concentrations include Public Policy Analysis Methods, Public & Non-Profit...
State & Hill

Military Minds

Dec 19, 2011
With the last of U.S. troops exiting Iraq after nearly nine years, many veterans will be coming home and taking on new challenges—some, perhaps, in public policy. Earlier this semester, State & Hill spoke with a group of veterans in the MPP and MPA...
State & Hill

From Ann Arbor, Michigan to the Blue Mountains of Jamaica

Dec 6, 2010
This spring, two Ford School students traveled to Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Their goal: to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a free clinic run by the Blue Mountain Project. The Blue Mountain summit is the highest in Jamaica: the mossy...
State & Hill

Expanded Applied Policy Seminar to Launch in Fall 2010

Apr 22, 2010
In winter 2008, five Ford School MPP students assessed alternative scenarios for consolidating emergency dispatch efforts within Washtenaw County. The students constructed a sophisticated economic model, interviewed multiple actors to produce...