With the semester underway and students, faculty, and staff returning to Weill Hall, the Ford School’s annual Policy Pitch Competition returned for the fourth time on September 14th. Every Ford School MPP student is required to complete a ten-week summer internship between their first and second years in the program. The Policy Pitch Competition gives Fordies an opportunity to share their experiences working in the policy world and reflect on the skills developed and lessons learned.
At this year’s event, twelve second-year Fordies put on a show for the audience and judges. We’re so lucky to have such a talented, passionate student body here at Ford, and this event was yet another reminder of the special people who make the Ford School what it is.
Fordies in the Fall 2021 Policy Pitch Competition:
- Marissa Uchimura, REDF
- Maheen Zahid, Save The Children
- AJ Convertino, NASA
- Kristina Curtiss, City of Detroit
- Yasin Shafi, CARE
- Bethany Haddad, State of Michigan
- Priyanka Panjwani, GAO
- Clare Knutson, City of Detroit
- Linh Tran-Phuong, City of Chicago
- Pisacha Wichianchan, FINRA
- Doug Ortiz, Detroit Future City
- Justine D’Souza, GAO
A panel of three judges (Ann Arbor City Councilor Linh Song, Washtenaw County Commissioner Justin Hodge, and Sam Geller ‘17 of the City of Detroit’s Budget Office) evaluated the student presentations and declared Marissa Uchimura, Linh Tranh-Phuong, and Pisacha Wichianchan as first, second, and third place winners, respectively. Audience members were given the chance to vote for their favorite presenter, with Bethany Haddad being crowned the winner of this prize.
We’re so proud of the students who took part in this event and shared their internship experiences. With the fourth annual event being such a success, we can hardly wait for year five in 2022!
Be on the lookout for more events happening at the Ford School!