Lou Glazer, President
Mr. Glazer is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Michigan Future’s mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations.
His two latest report are: The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons for Michigan From Two Decades of Economic Change. And Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy. Both explore how well Michigan is positioned to succeed in a flattening world.
Mr. Glazer currently is heading efforts to organize leadership to implement a new agenda for a knowledge-based Michigan; and help start new high schools, at scale, that will prepare Detroit students, for college success.
Prior to joining MFI, Mr. Glazer served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce during the Blanchard Administration. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan.
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Patrick Cooney, Policy Associate
As a Policy Associate for Michigan Future, Inc., Patrick contributes research, policy analysis, and writing to MFI projects. Patrick formerly served as the College Success Manager for Michigan Future Schools, supporting the college access and success programs at MFS high schools. Prior to joining Michigan Future Schools, he taught middle school math in south Texas with Teach for America and in Brooklyn, NY with Uncommon Schools. He received a B.A. in History and Economics from Boston College and an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Sarah Szurpicki, Policy Associate
As a Policy Associate for Michigan Future, Inc., Sarah contributes research, policy analysis, and writing to MFI projects. Sarah is a partner at New Solutions Group, LLC, a consulting firm devoted to smart, collaborative, innovative approaches for organizations serving the public good. At New Solutions she focuses on urban policy, strategic planning, and education and has led the firm’s work on projects with the Michigan Municipal League, Let’s Save Michigan, and Michigan Future Schools. From 2008 to 2011, Sarah co-founded and ran GLUE, the Great Lakes Urban Exchange, a network of young leaders committed to revitalizing the cities of the Great Lakes region. Sarah graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy, where her honors thesis focused on public participation and activism in environmental science. She is a 2012 graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Leadership Advancement Program and was a founding member of Declare Detroit. She lives in Detroit with her husband and two daughters.
Kim Trent, Policy Associate
As a Policy Associate for Michigan Future, Inc., Kim contributes research, policy analysis, and writing to MFI projects. Kim is especially interested in education policy and race, class and gender issues. A former print journalist, Kim has served as a top aide to several prominent elected officials. Most recently, she was Director of Governor Jennifer Granholm’s southeast Michigan office, a cabinet-level position in state government. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University, and was elected to an eight-year term on the Wayne State University Board of Governors in 2012. She has completed fellowships with the American Political Science Association in Washington and the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit and serves on the boards of several prominent organizations. She lives in Detroit with her husband and son.
Don Grimes, Research Specialist
Donald R. Grimes is a senior research specialist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research On Labor, Employment, and the Economy. His primary research interests are in labor economics and economic forecasting. For the past two decades, he has worked on forecasting labor market activity in the metropolitan areas of Michigan. He has worked for many years with the Michigan departments of Commerce and Treasury and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on policy analysis and evaluating economic strategies. He has also participated in economic studies designed to assist firms in their location and expansion decisions. He is co-director of a project to generate long-term economic and demographic projections for all of the counties of Michigan.
He works as a consultant with Michigan Future where he does all of its economic analysis and co-authors with Lou Glazer the annual progress report on Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy.
He has been involved in other research projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a partner with Regional Economic Associates and also works as a consultant for the Employment Research Corporation and Michigan Future, Inc.