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Advisory Board

The MIW Advisory Board serves as a steering committee for fundraising and program activities and events in DC.  Meetings are held each term in Washington, and members who reside elsewhere participate by conference call.  

Faculty Advisory Committee

The Faculty Advisory Committee consists of Political Science and other members of the faculty and administration.  This committee provides guidance and advice on MIW curriculum and other program matters.  Members of the committee also participate as needed in the student interview and selection process each term.  The committee meets once a year or as needed.  

Mentors

Each student admitted to the MIW program is assigned to at least one mentor while they are in DC.  Mentors are UM alums established in their professions who live and work in DC.  Student/mentor matches are based on academic, professional and extracurricular interests.  Mentors are instrumental in coaching students on life in Washington. Each mentor arrangement is unique in terms of time spent, activities pursued, communication frequency and the balance between personal and professional focus.  

MIW program alums volunteer to serve as co-mentors for students in both in Ann Arbor and DC.   In Washington, mentors  and students gather at opening and closing receptions each term to become acquainted, share stories and catch up on recent events.  In Ann Arbor, a reception is scheduled during the Prep Course so that students going to Washington can connect with one who has already been there.  Many students stay in touch with their mentors long after they finish their Washington semester.    

If you’re a UM Alum living in DC and are interested in mentoring a student, please email MIWDC@umich.edu for consideration.  

Jenna Bednar
Professor and Faculty Director
7725 Haven Hall 734.615.5165
Charles L. Betsey
Professor Emeritus and Former Interim Dean, Graduate School, Howard University
Amber Blomquist
Michigan in Washington Administrator
Peter Brown
Managing Director, Deloitte’s Public Policy and Government Relations Group
Linda Dreeben
Deputy Associate General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
John Dugan
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Claude G. B. Fontheim
Chief Executive Officer, Fontheim International
Dan Glickman
Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program
Margaret Howard
Program Manager
UC Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW #347
Washington, DC 20036-3206
Roger C. Johnson
Founding Partner, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot
Rebecca Mark
Vice President, Porter Novelli
James Mulvenon
Vice President, Defense Group Inc.'s Intelligence Division and Director, DGI, Center for Research and Analysis
Kevin G. Nealer
Principal and Partner, The Scowcroft Group
Norman Ornstein
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Gary Saretsky
Founding Shareholder, Saretsky Hart Michaels & Gould
Liz Schrayer
Founder, Schrayer & Associates
MIW Board Chair
Cynthia Wilbanks
Vice President for Government Relations, University of Michigan