Senior Staff

Volume 14 (2016-17)


Maha Arshad

Maha (MPP ’17) graduated from the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan, with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She taught in public schools for two years as a Fellow for Teach For Pakistan and later headed a development portfolio for a Countering Violent Extremism program before starting her Master of Public Policy at the Ford School. Maha is interested in international development, economics, and program evaluation.

Sundar Sharma

Sundar (MPP ’17) graduated from UW-Madison with an honors degree in Sociology and Political Science in 2013. He spent 2 years investigating complaints and contributing to policy discussions concerning labor standards and civil rights laws for the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. During this time, he was also an organizer for anti-police brutality, workers’ rights, and environmental justice campaigns. Most recently, he worked as an economic inclusion research intern with PolicyLink, an Oakland-based non-profit working at the local, state, and federal levels to shape policies impacting people in low-income communities and communities of color. He is currently an editorial assistant for World Development, a leading, monthly, interdisciplinary journal of development studies. He is broadly interested in studying how participatory, democratic institutions and citizen-activism can better shape international and domestic policy discussions.

Managing & Special Issues Editor

Joshua Fleming

Joshua (MPP ’17) graduated magna cum laude from Saginaw Valley State University. His primary interests include health care finance, Medicaid managed care and political advocacy. Born and raised in Bay City, Michigan, Joshua has blended his two primary passions—political engagement and health policy—into one while working as a Field Organizer for the Michigan Democratic Party, a Constituent Services Intern for the Michigan House of Representatives, and a Public Health Services Intern at a county health department. Upon obtaining his B.A. in Public Administration, Joshua enlisted as a HIV/AIDS Educator in the Peace Corps, serving in Swaziland where he engaged in efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and enhance financial literacy and micro-loan opportunities for those in his community. After graduating in May 2017, Joshua plans to pursue work in the federal government or a think tank, helping to formulate and analyze proposals to expand health care access while controlling costs.

Director of Communications

Olivia Lewis

Olivia is a North Carolina native who moved to the Midwest to report news stories on social justice. When she became fed up with the numerous institutional injustices in the communities she wrote about, Olivia applied to the Ford School to study public policy. She hopes to use her experience at Ford to gain better understanding for analyzing or writing policy in the future. Other than working as a news reporter, Olivia founded a community group for teenage girls in Battle Creek, Michigan. The group has created a safe space for teens to engage with new people, build self-confidence and develop a voice within their community.

Director of Digital Media

Caitlin Conway

Caitlin (MPP ’17) graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Political Science. After college, Caitlin worked in the U.S. Navy’s legislative affairs and history offices in DC, serving most recently as a publishing lead for the website A Michigan native, Caitlin interned over the summer for the Urban Land Institute’s Michigan District Council in Detroit, where she wrote reports, grants, and research summaries on urban resilience and neighborhood development strategies. She is focusing her studies on urban policy and public management.