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The Michigan Political Leadership Program, (MPLP), at Michigan State University is a bipartisan fellowship program designed for those seeking greater involvement in the public policy process, through elective office or through citizen activism. MPLP is distinguished as one of only a handful of programs of its kind in the nation. Housed in the College of Social Science, MPLP is administered by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, directed by Dr. Matt Grossmann.

Our 2023 featured speaker is Amy Walter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and Popular On-Air Political Analyst. For more than 25 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the non-partisan Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, where she provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment. A contributor to the PBS NewsHour, she provides weekly political analysis for the popular “Politics Monday” segment and is a featured contributor for the network’s election and convention special coverage events. She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CNN’s Inside Politics, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News Channel. From 2017 until early 2021, Walter was the host of the weekly nationally syndicated program “Politics with Amy Walter” on The Takeaway from WNYC and PRX. She’s also the former political director of ABC News.

Since its 1992 inception, over 700 MPLP fellows have participated in our 10-weekend curriculum which focuses on practical politics, public policy analysis and process, personal leadership development, and effective governance. More than half of MPLP’s graduates have served in elected office and/ or appointed leadership positions. Each year, our fundraising event takes place to raise the necessary funding to support the 24 fellowships that are awarded to aspiring policy leaders. Each fellowship is valued at approximately $12,000.

To learn more about our 28th Annual Fundraiser click here