Jack Cumming (Editor-in-Chief)

Jack is a second-year MPP candidate focused on social and domestic policy. Prior to the Ford School, Jack worked in the White House as a senior analyst and project manager during the Obama Administration. Originally from Iowa, Jack received his B.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa and served as the student body vice president in student government.




Ryan Ruggiero (Online Managing Editor)

Ryan Ruggiero is a first year Master of Public Policy Master of Public Policy candidate with policy interests in quantitative analysis, poverty alleviation and racial disparities. She is a Research Assistant at Poverty Solutions on the Detroit Team in partnerships with the Detroit Mayor’s office. Prior to attending the Ford School Ryan was a Lease Contracting Officer for the General Services Administration and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa.




William C. Kim (Managing Editor)

William C. Kim is a dual degree candidate in Public Policy and Information Science. He is interested in the intersection of technology and policy and how to leverage design for social impact.





Katie Grover (Communications Director)

Katie Grover is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford of Public Policy. She is a research assistant at the University’s Institute for Social Research where she analyzes demographic trends in the United States. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.





Elizabeth Balboa

Elizabeth is a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate. Before pursuing graduate studies, she worked in financial journalism, served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Detroit high schools, and volunteered as a peace educator in D.C. schools and homeless shelters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences from Grand Valley State University.




Kate Bell

Kate Bell is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She received her B.A. in Economics and Politics at Mount Holyoke College in 2015. Prior to attending the Ford School, Kate served the people of Boston, Massachusetts, as a Neighborhood Liaison for City Councilor Josh Zakim.




Jennifer A. Chasseur

Jennifer Chasseur is a first year Master of Public Policy student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her policy interests include international economics and development. Before coming to the Ford School, Jennifer worked at a science policy and medical research advocacy firm to improve national funding for scientific research.




Meg Duffy

Meg Duffy is a second year MPP/MPH candidate at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Public Health.





Amelia Esenstad

Amelia is a second-year MPP student interested in social welfare policy, human services, and anti-poverty policy. Prior to the Ford School, Amelia was a Policy Analyst at the Center for the Study of Social Policy where she helped advance systems reform work with a focus on racial and gender equity and assisted with the monitoring of child welfare systems operating under federal consent decrees.




Francisco Gonzalez

Francisco is passionate about creating solutions to meet global challenges whether that be in the realm of tech consulting, international affairs, political economy, or security. Francisco is interested in researching, formulating, and implementing policy initiatives in the public or private sector.




Molly Robertson

Molly Robertson is a second year masters student at the Ford School. Molly studied psychology and government at Colby College in Maine. She is particularly interested in the overlap between behavioral science, economics and public policy.




Alex Serwer

Alex Serwer worked as a healthcare strategy, operations, and change management consultant for 5 years out of the Deloitte New York office. His interests lie with applying behavioral economics to improve public policy outcomes and he plans to pursue a behavioral economics PhD after following his Ford School Master of Public Policy.




James VanSteel

James VanSteel is a first year graduate student pursuing a dual degree program of a Master of Public Policy from the Ford School and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Taubman College. He graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with degrees in Political Theory and English, and has worked for the past three years for the Michigan Public Service Commission as an energy market analyst. He grew up in the Mid-Michigan area and loves exploring the state’s many beautiful parks.