How long have you been a board member with the FRCA? What prompted you to want to join the board?
I’ve been involved with the FRCA since 2006, when I began my service at the University of Michigan-Flint as director of government relations. For the first two or three years, I had been asked by FRCA to join the Hamilton Dam committee given my experience of working as a congressional staffer with U.S. Sen. Carl
Levin (MI) for nine years. I was later elected to the board and I currently serve as the Chair of the FRCA.
What organization do you represent on the FRCA board and what is your job there?
For the past nine years, I have been serving as the director of government relations for the University of Michigan-Flint. I’ve been with the University of Michigan for sixteen years, having first worked on the UM-Ann Arbor campus as the associate director of State Outreach located within the Office of Government Relations.
I’m a Ph.D. Candidate at Indiana State University and my dissertation topic is going to focus on universities as anchor institutions.
What is your favorite program or project the FRCA has been involved with or is currently helping out with in Flint?
Since the beginning of the FRCA, we’ve always had a focus on the large projects that fall within the corridor: redevelopment of the former Chevy in the Hole manufacturing site, now known as Chevy Commons, the Hamilton Dam, and the Flint River Bike Trail. It’s great to see that we are have started focusing on smaller and more manageable projects like the Zagster bike sharing program and the Flint River flotilla.