Ann Arbor Staff
Ruthven Building | 1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1079
State Relations Director
email@example.com | 734-763-5554 | 517-372-7801
Chief of Staff, Vice President for Government Relations
firstname.lastname@example.org | Cell: 734-945-4178 (preferred) | Direct: 734-615-2562
Associate Director of State Outreach
email@example.com | 734-764-7901
LaSonia Forte serves the eastern region of the State of Michigan, including Detroit, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, and Alpena. As an outreach representative in the Office of Government Relations, LaSonia's role is to build strategic partnerships in the business, institutional, government, education and non-profit sectors throughout the east side of Michigan.
Secretary Intermediate - Fleming Administration Building, Mailroom/Information Desk
firstname.lastname@example.org | 734-763-0901
Vice President for Government Relations
email@example.com | 734-763-5554
Government Relations Specialist
firstname.lastname@example.org | 734-764-9261
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Government Relations
email@example.com | 734-763-5554
Director of Community Relations
firstname.lastname@example.org | 734-763-5554
Director of Community Relations, Michael Rein coordinates activities and engagement linked with community-based organizations and local government officials in the greater Ann Arbor area and Southeastern Michigan, including Detroit. Michael also coordinates the engagement activities of Government Relations’ State Outreach officials, Dana Sitlzer and LaSonia Forte across the state of Michigan
Senior Web Designer
email@example.com | 734-764-9256
Mark maintains The University of Michigan Office of Government Relations Website, The University of Michigan Detroit Website, Michigan Impact, The Central Campus Classroom Building, and The Ruthven Administrative Building Website. Before joining U-M in March 2018 he worked for seven years as an Application Developer, six years as a Senior Graphic Design Specialist, and four years as a Multimedia Instructor.
Administrative Assistant Intermediatedschilz@umich.edu | 734-763-3109
Deborah Schilz worked in event management at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor for more than 15 years before coming to the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Government Relations nine years ago. She began her career as the Facilitates Coordinator for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education at U-M and a Medical Coordinator at the University of Michigan Hospital. Deborah received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Cleary University.
Associate Director of State Outreach
firstname.lastname@example.org | 734-763-5554
Dana's areas of outreach include the west side of Michigan, northern, Tribal Connections and Project Manager for Michigan Road Scholars Tour.
University of Michigan Lansing Service Center | 101 South Washington Square Suite 730 ,Lansing, Michigan 48933-1708
email@example.com | 517-372-7801
Washington, D.C. Staff
The University of Michigan Washington Federal Relations | 444 N.Capitol Street, NW Suite 820, Washington, D.C. 20001
Kristina D. Ko
Executive Director of Federal Relations
Assistant Vice President for Research, Federal Relations
Cynthia H. Wilbanks
Vice President Emeritus for Government Relations
Cynthia H. Wilbanks, who served as the University of Michigan’s vice president for government relations for 22 years, retired on January 18, 2021.
Cynthia H. Wilbanks as Vice President for Government Relations, directed the University of Michigan's Government Relations programs at the local, state and federal levels. Her responsibilities included planning and developing the institution's response to proposed legislation; developing and maintaining effective relationships with governmental agencies and officials; and analyzing and assessing legislative, administrative and regulatory activities as they pertain to University programs, activities and operations. She also supervised the activities of the State Outreach office.