Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement Elisabeth Gerber introduces the 2018 Policy Pitch Competition.
It's fun to be up here with a more diverse
group and M.P.P. class actually our M.P.P.
class is really diverse but we've got all
different sorts of people here today so
wonderful to see everybody thank you so
I'm Liz Gerber I'm the director of
the program and practical policy
engagement and I'm really pleased to
invite everybody to this in our inaugural
pitch competition which in addition to P.
the Office of graduate career services
here at the ford school and I also want
to offer a shout out to Jennifer and
where's Peter Peter who have really
moved this effort along and who
are of course amazing partners so we hope
you'll find this fun and dynamic event.
And we're going to you're going to
have a chance to hear our students
talk to you about their summer
internship experiences in 3 minutes or
less we think this is an important
skill for them to have to be able to
very clearly and
concisely articularly applied policy
the real world policy experiences that
they've had in a powerful way and so
we've got our judges who are going to be
helping both assess their performance and
then also provide feedback to the students
and in the spirit of continuous learning.
I want to say that this program is
exemplary of the kind of event that P 3
is going to be.
Doing partnering with other units around
campus we think that we can have the most
impact when we have great partners
were small and we want to be big and
we want to have a big impact so this is
a good example of the kind of partnering
that we want to be able to do and I want
to echo Michael's thanks to Phil and
Kathy power for the generous gift from the
power foundation that is helping to make.
All of this possible so
again let's give Phil and Kathy and
Our other judges who I'm
going to introduce now so.
The students of course will be introducing
themselves as part of their pitch So
who is an M.P.P. alone $2008.00
she is the director of Policy and Research
the movement Advancement Project or
map which is a leading policy were
who where she leads policy work and
work designed to understand and
increase the capacity of the L.
G.B.T. movement and she's also a member
of the Ford school's alumni board so
thank you Naomi.
Next we have Kelly Michaels who
joined the university in 1998 and
was appointed vice president for
communications in 2017
as vice president miss Michaels oversees
all aspects of both internal and
external communications for
the university including communication
policy media relations advertising and
marketing and creative editorial and
design services so
thank you Kelly next we have.
Relf Johnson who is an M.B.A.
along 1902 he is the for the Americas
region at the consulting firm of McKinsey
all you consulting people out there.
During his professional career he
held other positions at McKinsey
the Cuyahoga County Welfare
reform agency and
the General Motors Corporation Ralph
is the past chair of the U.
Alumni Association Board of Directors
the university's annual fun and
the Ross School of businesses along
board of governors so welcome and
thank you for coming.
Next Cathy power who is
principal power foundation she is
a dynamic community volunteer and
activist and she has provided energy and
leadership to such organizations
as Planned Parenthood of Michigan where
she chaired the board is that correct.
Chaired the board and
also I know she's very active and
passionate about the Humane Society
of your own valley and
then last but
not least I'll introduce Phil Power.
He's a B.A. you want me to say
what year you graduated Phil.
That's right thank you but.
That wasn't a test I
just wanted to you know.
Phil is a former newspaper publisher and
served on the University of
Michigan's Board of Regents from 187
to 1999 he's a member of
the Ford School Committee and
we welcome him in that capacity he was
the owner of the home town communications
network an award winning group of 64
community newspapers in Michigan and
the upper Midwest Phil founded the Center
for Michigan in 2006 I think and
do tank that encourages
greater understanding and
involvement in public issues amongst
America's citizens I'm sorry amongst
Michigan citizens I'm going to just
add in here that the Center for
Michigan publishes the outstanding
bridge magazine and
Phil shared with me just a minute
ago that they just hit 1000000
readers on bridge magazine in
just 5 years so if any of you.
If any of you are not readers of bridge
magazine add yourself to that 1000000 it's
well worth it it's amazing journalism
I think it's the best journalism in
the state and that not just saying I can
fill a gap year here it's the real truth.
And he also helped form the Corporation
for a skilled workforce and
serve as vice chairman of the Michigan
Economic Development Corporation So
thank you Phil for being here as well.
And with that I'm going to turn
it over to the students so
we'll have the 1st student come up and
please enjoy their pitches good luck.