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The Board Fellowship Program places qualified graduate students as Board Fellows on the governing boards of nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan.
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Domestic Corps provides Ross School of Business students high-level summer internships with nonprofits across the U.S.
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Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board supports a number of activities across all three partner graduate schools (Business, Public Policy, and Social Work), represents the student voice in NPM strategy and policy decisions, and identifies and executes student-facing programs. Application for the Student Advisory Board are in September and March of each year. How to apply, overall responsibilities and more can be found in the SAB overview (pdf). Application for the Student Advisory Board is due Tues, Mar. 11, at 9am.

Priority areas for the board include:

• Board Fellowship Program
• Social Impact Challenge
• Social Innovation Summit
• Careers & Alumni Relations
• Outreach & Engagement
• Academics & Thought Leadership

2013-14 Student Advisory Board

Vibha Mehta, Ford School of Public Policy
Ethan Xiang, Ross School of Business

Vice Presidents:
Board Fellowship Coordinators
Kate Balzer, School of Social Work
Colleen Campbell, Ford School of Public Policy/School of Education
Social Impact Challenge Coordinators
Pilar Koopman, School of Social Work
Emma Kornfeld, School of Social Work
Internship Coordinators
Matt Seiler, Ross School of Business

Emily Litwin, Ross School of Business
Erin Pidot, Ford School of Public Policy
Steven Richards, School of Social Work/School of Public Health
Allie Schachter, Ross School of Business
Mary Alice Truitt, Ford School of Public Policy
Rachael Wiener, School of Social Work

Kate Balzer MSW '14
Vice President, Board Fellowship Coordinator
Kate is a second-year MSW student with a concentration in Management of Human Services and a minor in Interpersonal Practice. Prior to pursuing her Masters, she earned her Bachelors from the University of Michigan in Organizational Studies, and worked in development for Food Gatherers, the food bank/food rescue program serving Washtenaw County. She served as a Board Fellow in 2012-13 with Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW). Kate is interested in program development and management with a specific focus on understanding the relationship between food security and nutritional outcomes. In her spare time, Kate enjoys Michigan football, reading, and coffee.

Colleen Campbell MPP/MA '14
Vice President, Board Fellowship Coordinator
Colleen is a second-year dual degree student in the Ford School of Public Policy and the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. She was inspired to pursue graduate study after working as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at The Juilliard School, where she managed the School's student loan portfolio and assisted in enrollment management. Throughout her life, Colleen has volunteered and worked with a variety of nonprofits related to the arts, mentorship of underprivileged youth, and adaptive dance for people with disabilities. Colleen hopes to use her involvement with NPM to encourage her colleagues from various disciplines to engage in public service. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and watching college football.

Pilar Parish Koopman MSW '15
Vice President, Social Impact Challenge Coordinator
Pilar is a first year MSW student at the School of Social Work, where she studies Management of Human Services in Health. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Russian. Pilar worked for six years at the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, a nonprofit, membership organization, where she coordinated the LEAD Scholars Program. Pilar is planning to earn a dual degree MSW/MBA and work in corporate social responsibility. She is thrilled to be on the student advisory board for the Nonprofit and Public Management Center and is looking forward to collaborating with students from different schools and developing the Social Impact Challenge. Pilar is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community of Ojibwe Indians. In her free time, Pilar enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children and testing recipes in the kitchen.

Emma Kornfeld MSW '14
Vice President, Social Impact Challenge Coordinator
Emma is a first year MSW student and National Community Scholar concentrating in Community Organization and Community/Social Systems. Prior to pursuing her MSW, Emma worked at the Chicago nonprofit, Mikva Challenge, directing their Issues to Action program. During her time at Mikva, Emma supported the creation of nearly 240 community activism projects, co-directed youth policy-making councils advising the Mayor and the Cook County Board President, and oversaw a summer internship program placing high school students in the offices of local elected officials. Emma is passionate about youth voice, public education and the city of Chicago. Emma holds a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis, with minors in Creative Writing and Women's Studies.

Emily Litwin MBA '14
Emily is a second year MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on strategy and finance as it applies to social entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, Emily was a member of the development team at Lyric Opera of Chicago where she managed relationships with the 100+ Board of Directors. Earlier in her career, Emily participated in a social justice service corps working at Chicago Women's Health Center (CWHC), a grassroots clinic that provides healthcare services regardless of a client's ability to pay. At CWHC, Emily served on the Steering Committee, tackling large-scale organizational challenges, and restructured the organization's volunteer program. Later, Emily had the privilege of joining the CWHC Board of Directors to focus on fundraising for the organization. Emily aims to work at the intersection of sectors after she earns her MBA; specifically, she is interested in how nonprofit partnerships develop and flourish with for-profit and governmental organizations. Emily holds a B.A. in History from Carleton College. In her free time, Emily is most likely at a concert, on her bike, or cooking.

Vibha Mehta MPP '14
Vibha is a second-year MPP student at the Ford School of Public Policy. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Vibha completed a Master in Economics from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore, India. Prior to her Master's program, she worked in a non-profit firm Parikrma Humanity Foundation that managed four schools across Bangalore for children from underprivileged backgrounds. She was a first-grade English and Math teacher. Her experience with Parikrma helped build her interest in public policy, and she is interested in understanding the relationship between education and poverty alleviation. Through the NPM, Vibha is looking to connect with students from other fields who share her interest in the nonprofit space. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music and long walks.

Erin Pidot MPP '15
Erin is a first year MPP student at the Ford School of Public Policy. For the past five years, Erin worked at nonprofits in Boston and San Francisco as an advocate and social worker for homeless and low-income individuals. She is interested in domestic policy at the local and state level, particularly around issues of poverty and inequality. She is also interested in the ways in which nonprofits and businesses can work in partnership with the public sector to achieve equitable urban development. In her free time, Erin enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring her new home state of Michigan.

Steven Richards MSW/MPH '16
Steven is a first year dual masters student in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health. Steven concentrates in Management of Human Services with a practice area in Community and Social Systems and a minor in Social Policy and Evaluation at the School of Social Work. At the School of Public Health, he studies Health Education and Health Behavior with an emphasis on global public health and research methodologies. Professionally he hopes to integrate his multidisciplinary background and research and practice skills in a position working and collaborating to advance the social, economic, and health conditions of the global community - specifically in developing countries. Before moving to Ann Arbor, Steven received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Child Learning and Development with minors in Health Care Studies and Criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He attributes his current professional trajectory to his experiences with the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center in Dallas/Richardson, Texas where he worked to provide services and support for survivors of sexualized violence and for the community at-large. Steven has a particular interest in teaching, and in his free time he enjoys volunteering, socializing, getting to know his way around Ann Arbor (as well as its "sweet spots"), and the outdoors.

Allie Schachter Evening MBA '16
Allie is a Part-Time Evening MBA Student at the Ross School of Business focusing on organizational strategy and positive leadership. She has been working for the past 3 years at a non-profit organization that provides shelter and services to homeless youth. As the Program Evaluation and Grants Manager, she is responsible for writing grants, tracking and reporting program outcomes, working closely with the Board of Directors, and contributing to strategic development. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor in 2010, Allie spent a year living in Chennai, India, providing case management to child victims of human trafficking who were sheltered at an NGO. Upon returning to the United States from India, she co-founded a non-profit that provides educational support to child victims of human trafficking in Chennai, India. Allie holds a B.A. from Harvard University. In her free time, she loves listening to live music, cooking, and practicing yoga.

Matt Seiler MBA '15
Vice President, Internship Coordinator
Matt is a first year MBA student in the Ross School of Business focused on how business can be an engine of social change. Prior to school, Matt worked at Freddie Mac as a financial analyst, at Ashoka's Youth Venture, and for the past four years at the National Association for the Education of Young Children supporting high quality early childhood education. Having worked in both corporate and non corporate environments, Matt brings a blended perspective to business/social challenges and hopes to deepen his knowledge and focus in this area through his work on the Student Advisory Board. In his free time, Matt can be found outside playing any number of sports and games, cooking, reading or playing guitar.

Mary Alice Truitt MPP '15
Mary Alice is a first-year MPP student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where she is focusing on quantitative analysis and cross-sector partnerships that strengthen the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Women and Gender Studies and a certification in Nonprofit Management from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to attending the University of Michigan, Mary Alice worked for a local private foundation. She managed relationships by overseeing the execution of governance and fiscal best practices by grantees. These achievements were communicated to multiple stakeholders in the community. She also worked with cross-sector partners to create an online data matrix available to the public that highlights the gaps and needs of the health and human services community. Mary Alice is enthusiastic to learn from her peers about potential strategies to sustain and strengthen the nonprofit sector. In her spare time, she enjoys being in nature, reading about historical innovation, and exploring record stores.

Rachael Wiener MSW '14
Rachael is a second year MSW student with a concentration in Management of Human Services with a minor in Interpersonal Practice. Prior to pursuing her MSW, she attended the University of Michigan and graduated with degrees in Psychology and Spanish. Her passion for social work stemmed from various personal and professional experiences and was solidified by her exposure to intergroup dialogue through the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) as well as receiving and working for the Community Action Social Change (CASC) minor at the university. She has experience working with several non-profits both locally, nationally, and globally in Spain. Rachael is interested in program development and program management with a specific focus on sustainable capacity building and fundraising. In her spare time she enjoys painting, watching Netflix, and exploring Ann Arbor.

Ethan Xiang MBA '14
Ethan is a second year MBA student at the Ross School of Business, where he studies business economics and strategy. Prior to attending Ross, Ethan worked for three years at Strayer University, where he was responsible for general management and profit/loss at a New Jersey-based campus. During this time, he also led the operations team for REACH, a nonprofit he co-founded focusing on leadership and philanthropy for college students. Having grown up as a classical pianist, Ethan is interested in arts management and hopes to sharpen his industry expertise while serving on the Student Advisory Board. He also looks forward to connecting Ross students and alums with nonprofit opportunities whether they work in the nonprofit or for-profit sector after graduation. In his free time, Ethan enjoys performing music, reading, and competing in triathlons.

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