Executive Director, Office of Metropolitan Impact; Operating Partner, Public Allies Metro Detroit; LEO Lecturer II/ Master of Public Administration Program, University of Michigan-Dearborn


Dr. Tracy S. Hall’s wide range of expertise encompasses: higher education, nonprofit leadership and public institution administration; public policy advocacy; legislative/regulatory processes; workforce development/career transition; and public administration & civil society-related research, teaching, service and praxis.

Her expertise is grounded in 30+ years of cross sectoral/boundary spanning experience, including service in the federal legislative and executive branches, and as a nonprofit executive and private sector government relations advisor.

Since 2011, Dr. Hall has worked full-time to establish the Office of Metropolitan Impact at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and serves as its Executive Director, reporting directly to the Chancellor. The office catalyzes UM-Dearborn’s Metropolitan Vision as a defining dimension of the University and seeks to further the volume, value, and impact of mutually beneficial university-community partnerships for research, teaching, learning, and service throughout Southeastern Michigan. From 2013-2015, Dr. Hall led a campus-wide effort that resulted in UM-Dearborn receiving the prestigious national elective classification as an Engaged Campus by the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and Learning and subsequently received the Michigan Campus Compact Engaged Campus of the Year award (2015). In early 2013, Dr. Hall led the successful grant application that designated UM-Dearborn as the Operating Partner for the federally funded Public Allies Metro Detroit AmeriCorps national service program (see www.publicallies.org) — and serves as its Principal Investigator. Dr. Hall is also a LEO Lecturer II serving her 7th year in the UM-Dearborn Master of Public Administration program.

Prior to her work at UM-Dearborn, Dr. Hall served over 10 years in the nonprofit sector, most notably on the executive leadership team of Focus: HOPE, a nationally renowned organization in Detroit engaged in civil and human rights, and workforce development. She led agency-wide development for its annual $28+ million operating budget, as well as public policy advocacy, community and volunteer outreach, communications and marketing, research and related activities. Dr. Hall also served roughly 20 years in public service and government relations positions in the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, including work for the U.S. Congress and as a political appointee for the 41st President of the United States.

Dr. Hall actively participates in professional and academic activities related to: public administration & policy; the nonprofit sector; community/civic engagement, social entrepreneurship and civil society; Detroit’s urban renewal and revitalization; as well as talent management and workforce development, particularly with regard to Opportunity Youth. Her primary interest is to engage in both theory and practice that lead to positive transformational social change.

Ph.D.  Virginia Polytechnic and State University;  M.P.A. The George Washington University in 1993; B.A. Bucknell University