Ismael Ahmed, Associate Provost for Integrated Learning & Community Partnerships -- Ismael Ahmed was appointed Associate Provost for Integrated Learning and Community Partnerships at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in January 2011. In this position Mr. Ahmed is responsible for connecting academic programs to community, business, and government initiatives, locally and nationally. During his tenure, he has brought internal and external stakeholders together to form acollaborative and student-centered vision around the Universityís community outreach, institutional development, and fundraising strategies. In September 2007, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm appointed Mr. Ahmed Director of Michigan Department of Human Services, a position he held until the end of 2010, and where he oversaw nearly 11,000 employees and administered a $7 billion annual budget. In 1971 Mr. Ahmed co-founded the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), which is the largest Arab-American human services organization in the United States. Today, ACCESS has a budget of $17 million with over 300 staff members. As Executive Director, Ismael forged lasting relationships with small community-based organizations across the region, as well as mainstream institutions on the local, national, and international levels. In addition to administering a range of social service and advocacy programs, Mr. Ahmed spearheaded major arts and cultural programs that have significantly impacted the region. Mr. Ahmed was responsible for the creation and executive administration of the Arab American National Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, which opened to the public in 2005. Under Mr. Ahmedís servant leadership, ACCESS launched a program to strengthen philanthropy in the Arab American community, resulting in the creation of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), which is housed in ACCESSís National Outreach Department and supports and educates donors across the country. Mr Ahmed has received numerous awards over the course of his career including being named Director of the Year in 1992 by the United Way of Michigan. Mr. Ahmed has served on a number of governing boards including, but not limited to: Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, University of Michigan Citizens Advisory Board, United Way, and New Detroit: the Coalition. He chaired the Immigration Task Force and the Cultural Exchange Network for New Detroit. As Department of Human Services' Director, he served on the Michigan State Housing Development Authority board and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation executive committee. Mr. Ahmed is a 1975 graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Bachelor's Degree in secondary education and a minor in sociology. A Vietnam era veteran, Mr. Ahmed earned an associateís degree from Henry Ford Community College in 1972. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Marygrove College in Detroit, and an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Grand Valley State University.
Tracy S. Hall, Ph.D. -- Tracy S. Hall is the Director of Community Engagement in the OMI and serves as a Lecturer in the Masters of Public Administration program. Her expertise encompasses: nonprofit leadership/management; public policy advocacy; legislative/regulatory processes; workforce/human capital development; as well as public administration and civil society-related teaching, practice and research. Dr. Hallís work is grounded in federal, state and local political and government relations service Ė including experience in both the federal legislative and executive branches, as well as in the private and nonprofit sectors. Dr. Hall actively participates in professional and academic activities related to public/academic administration, nonprofit and civil society-related graduate level teaching and research, urban renewal, civic/community engagement, and public policy. Her primary interest is to engage in both praxis and research that lead to fundamental transformational social change.
Uzma Anwar - Program Assistant, Public Allies
Nechole Drake-McClendon -- AmeriCorp VISTA, OMI liaison to Southwest Solutions.
Bob Gross -- AmeriCopr VISTA, OMI liaison to ACCESS.
Molly Manley -- AmeriCorp VISTA,OMI liaison to Focus: HOPE.