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Successful Career Networking Event Helps MPP Students Make New Connections

The Master of Public Policy program began March by holding another successful Career Networking Event. This annual event is an opportunity for students to make new connections, get valuable career advice, practice interviewing, and learn more about the policy world from knowledgeable practitioners.

Five individuals with substantial and diverse experiences chatted with students over coffee and desserts at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. This informal style allows students to sharpen their professional networking abilities while generating real conversation about some of the state’s biggest challenges and opportunities.



The MPP program was fortunate to welcome these expert guests:


Cameron Mock is an MPP alumnus and currently serves as Director of Fiscal Policy & Analysis at Chicago Public Schools. Previously, he worked as an analyst for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. Mock’’s knowledge of fiscal policy, financial analysis, and educational issues give him a holistic view of a number of important policy issues.



Kyle Jen is a graduate of the MSU-MPP program’s precursor, the MPA program, and is currently a Deputy State Budget Director for Michigan. Previously, Jen earned the title of Deputy Director at the Michigan House Fiscal Agency. He uses his impressive analytical and communication skills to make important decisions about how to responsibly plan for the state’s future.


Karen Phillippi is an MSU graduate with over two decades of experience working with immigration-related policies. Her knowledge of these issues serves her well as Deputy Director at the Michigan Office for New Americans (MONA). Phillippi assists in planning and implementing policies that strengthen immigrant communities and attract global talent to the state.



Bret Marr is an MSU-MPA alumnus and a lobbyist with Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates, one of the state’s top lobbying firms. Marr’s work allows him to use his diverse skill set and deep understanding of Michigan’s policy making process to meet the needs of a diverse group of industries and organizations.



Larry Merrill is an MSU-MPA alumnus and Executive Director of the Michigan Townships Association. As Executive Director, Merrill not only serves as administrator but is also highly involved in much of the MTA’’s policy work, from education to advocacy. His many experiences in local government helped him develop a thorough knowledge of Michigan’s governments.


Thanks to these participants, our MPP students were able to broaden their networks and gain valuable insight into career and internship opportunities. If you are interested in participating in a future Career Networking Event, please contact the Master of Public Policy Program and let us know.



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