Written by: Ann Marie Schneider
Primary Source: Michigan Policy Wonk Blog, October 17, 2016
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Ann Marie Schneider leads the program planning and policy education division of MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Within her immediate responsibility is the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research Program, a research incentive program that has distributed more than $3 million, and; an annual forum series showcasing research expertise on pressing policy issues – both intended to nurture dialog between research experts, policymakers, and citizens. Ann Marie has been involved first-hand in the development of three keystone programs that span more than two decades: the Michigan Political Leadership Program, for citizens interested in appointed or elected office; Michigan’s Legislative Leadership Program, for freshman legislators, and; the State of the State Survey, for gauging public opinion on policy issues. Ann Marie further bridges state and international policy education by directing the Canadian Studies Center, and by serving as vice chair of a cross-border communication network, the Great Lakes Trade and Transport Hub (GLITTH) Initiative. GLITTH aims to establish Michigan, its neighboring states and provinces as a vibrant trade region and global logistics hub through regional stakeholder collaboration. She is vice president of the Midwest Association for Canadian Studies and on several advisory boards including the Community Economic Development Center and the Center for International Business and Education Research, Global Business Club.