Elisabeth Gerber, Director of the Program in Practical Policy Engagement
Elisabeth R. Gerber is the Jack L. Walker Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement, and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy).
Her research focuses on urban, regional and metropolitan policy especially in the areas of: transportation and water policy; climate adaptation; and community, workforce, and economic development. Gerber is co-PI of the Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study. She is the author of The Populist Paradox: Interest Group of Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation (1999), co-author of Stealing The Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy (2000), and co-editor of Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment with the Blanket Primary (2001) and Michigan at the Millennium (2003).
Recent publications include "Motivational Crowding in Sustainable Development Interventions" with Arun Agrawal and Ashwini Chhatre (APSR 2015, 109(3): 470-487) and "Spatial Dynamics of Vertical and Horizontal Intergovernmental Collaboration" with Carolyn Loh (JUA 2015, 37(3): 270-288).
Gerber was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Cindy Bank, Associate Director of the Program in Practical Policy Engagement
Prior to coming to the Ford School, Cindy spent more than 22 years in the University of Michigan's Washington DC office where she served as a liaison for the University with Congress, the Administration and national higher education associations on policy issues of higher education, immigration, and tax policy.
She has worked closely with students, alumni and many of the schools and colleges and administrative units across campus. Before joining the University of Michigan she held positions in the government relations departments of Social and Health Services, the Close Up Foundation and the Animal Welfare Institute. She holds a bachelor of science of natural resources from the University of Michigan.
DeAndre' J. Calvert, Community Engagement Manager of the Program in Practical Policy Engagement
DeAndre' earned his BA in Sociology from Wayne State University. He worked as a community leader in the city of Detroit in various positions including Dispatcher for the Wayne State University Police Department, Community Engagement Manager for Black Male Engagement, Community Developer in NW Detroit, and Director of Community Relations for Detroit City Council President Pro-Tempore Mary Sheffield. Just prior to coming to U-M, he worked for the State of Michigan Department of Transportation's Office of Business Development.
Mariam Negaran, Administrative Assistant of the Program in Practical Policy Engagement
Mariam Negaran is the Administrative Assistant for the Program in Practical Policy Engagement (P3E). Prior to joining the P3E team at the Ford School, Mariam worked in student services at the International Programs in Engineering at the College of Engineering and the Department of Film, Television, and Media and LSA Honors Program at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan.
Mariam earned her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication & Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.