How Can We Best Direct the Flowing River?
February 8, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU
In his January 2015 State of the State Address, Governor Snyder used the metaphor "river of opportunity" to describe his vision for how Michigan can better serve its citizens. During this session we will explore what the "river of opportunity" means from the perspective of Michigan's Children, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that support improved opportunities for children. The Fellows will hear from two veteran advocates for children's issues and learn how organizations create strategic alliances to impact the policy making process. The second part of the program agenda is designed to advance the development of this year's EPFP Learning Teams.
Matt Gillard, President and CEO
Matt joined Michigan's Children in 2014 as President and CEO. In this role, Matt oversees all of Michigan's Children's programs and operations. Matt comes to Michigan's Children with a history of proven leadership on key issues affecting children, youth and families in the state. From 2002 to 2008, he served in the Michigan House of Representatives representing the 106th District where he served in leadership roles in the Democratic Caucus and within the state appropriations process, including Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Chair of the K-12 School Aid Budget, and Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee. After being forced out by term limits, Matt went on to provide policy development, legislative and advocacy services to organizations focused on early childhood issues before joining Michigan's Children. A graduate of Alpena High School, Matt received his bachelor's degree from Albion College and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. He lives in East Lansing with his wife, Jessica, and their three children Gracie, Joel, and Gus.
Michele Corey, Vice President for Programs
Michigan's Children (MI EPFP 1993-94)
With 15 years of experience at Michigan's Children, Michele has created numerous opportunities for local advocates to become better informed about children's issues and communicate effectively with local, state, and federal level policymakers. Michele has been a leader in statewide dropout and recovery initiatives focused on producing multiple pathways to graduation by growing better data about young people and the systems that serve them, providing better educational options for young people, and building public support for policy and practice that sustain those options. A graduate of Reed City High School, Michele received her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. She lives in Lansing with her husband, Tom, and their three children Jacob, Andrew, and Sarah.