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Tracy S. Hall

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

Dr. Hall’s wide range of expertise is grounded in 35+ years of cross sectoral/boundary spanning experience, including service in the federal legislative and executive branches, and as a nonprofit executive; a private sector government relations advisor; and an academic administrator.  Since 2016, she has served as the Executive Director of UM-Dearborn’s Office of Metropolitan Impact, which seeks to catalyze mutually beneficial community partnerships for research, teaching, learning, and service.   Dr. Hall is also a LEO Lecturer II serving her 11th year in the Master of Public Administration and Policy program where she has taught seven of the course offerings.

Dr. Hall partners with tenure-track and tenured faculty on the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses to co-develop academic research and practice agendas.  For example, she has built on and contributed to regional youth development programming by providing mutually beneficial, high quality research and data to inform knowledge co-creation, best practices, decision-making and scaling in close collaboration with senior leaders from workforce development systems and schools. She is co-founder of a 50+ organization collective impact effort (SEMI Wild) aimed at enhancing regional conservation efforts. Key areas of research, social innovation and impact include: healing centered restorative engagement; youth voice; trauma-informed care; resilience; restorative practices; inequality; social justice; and education and career navigation.

Prior to her work at UM-Dearborn, Dr. Hall served over 10 years in the nonprofit sector, most notably at Focus: HOPE, a nationally renowned Detroit organization engaged in civil and human rights. She led its annual $28+ million operating budget fundraising efforts, as well as public policy advocacy, community and volunteer outreach, communications, marketing, and research. Prior to that, Dr. Hall served roughly 20 years in public service and government relations positions in Washington, D.C., including work for a U.S. Congressman and as a political appointee for the 41st President of the United States, serving in the U.S. Departments of State and Agriculture.

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; regional conservation collaborative impact efforts; as well as talent management and workforce development, especially as it relates to young adults and their healing and resilience journeys. Her primary interest is to engage in both theory and practice that lead to positive transformational social change.

Ph.D. Virginia Tech, Public Administration and Public Affairs; M.P.A. The George Washington University; B.A. Bucknell University, Japanese Studies.

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