The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Madelin Pound House in sunlight

Our Advisory Boards voice the needs, concerns, and ideas of community members, students and faculty as they relate to the mission and work of the Ginsberg Center. Through regular meetings, the Boards provide input to Ginsberg Center staff regarding programs, initiatives, and direction of the Center. Throughout their time on the Board, members promote the ideals of the Ginsberg Center, and represent Ginsberg at the University and beyond.


Community Advisory Board

The goal of the Community Advisory Board is to benefit from feedback and insight from a broad set of community champions to assist the Ginsberg Center in advancing mutually beneficial partnerships between the University of Michigan and the community. The Community Advisory Board helps to support the Ginsberg Center’s aim in creating stronger relationships between the community and the University of Michigan, in order to increase capacity, improve quality of life, and/or solve problems facing social sector institutions or groups in the community. Made up of community advocates, non-profit leaders and government officials from across Washtenaw County, the Community Advisory Board meets formally twice a year.  

Community Advisory Board Members

  • Abigael Davis, Ann Arbor YMCA
  • Alan Oman, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
  • Armando Falcon, Red Cross & Barrier Busters Network
  • Becca Pickus, Family Learning Institute
  • Chris Barry, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County at Alpha House
  • Derrick Jackson, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
  • Douglas Manigault III, Ozone House Youth & Family Services
  • Elena Terrazas (Chesney), Washtenaw Success By 6 Great Start Collaborative
  • Elizabeth Davila-Ferrall, Dawn Farm & College Heights Neighborhood Welcoming Committee (Ypsilanti)
  • Faith Kyunghee Chen, Ann Arbor Public Schools
  • Felicia Brabec, Washtenaw County
  • Janae Townsend, Washtenaw ISD
  • Jennifer Furstenberg Mann, Ypsilanti District Library
  • Jessica Ashmore, Washtenaw County Juvenile Court
  • Jessie McShane, Child Care Network
  • Jim McGuire, Area Agency on Aging 1-B
  • Jimena Loveluck, UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond
  • Joshua Meisler, Growth Works Inc.
  • Karena Shell, Food Gatherers
  • Laura Urteaga-Fuentes, Washtenaw County
  • Leah Borst, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
  • Marta Larson, Northfield's Human Services, People's Express, Whitmore Lake Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • Mary Stasiak, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
  • Meredith Schindler, Ann Arbor Academy, Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Trustees
  • Morghan Williams, The Corner Health Center
  • Pam Smith, United Way of Washtenaw County
  • Rhonda Weathers, SOS Community Services
  • Ryan Walker, Avalon Housing
  • Sarah Thornburg, Friends In Deed
  • Terry Soave, Ann Arbor District Library

Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board is composed of 15-21 student leaders representing multiple identities, diverse experiences, and a range of involvement in student organizations (particularly those that focus on service, advocacy, and/or political activism) at the University of Michigan. Members are selected through an application process in the winter term.

Student Advisory Board Members

  • Amani Echols
  • Caroline Kelly
  • Emily Costello
  • Erkina Sartbaeva
  • Julia Magas
  • Julia Snider
  • Luke Higgins
  • Maya Eter
  • Maya Makhlouf
  • Medha Sinha
  • Mina Juma
  • Rebecca Farag
  • So Jung Kim
  • Tait Chamberlain
  • Vanessa Magallanes
  • Yong-Joon Kim

Faculty Advisory Board

The Faculty Advisory Board is comprised of 8-12 faculty who provide advice and feedback, and broaden the Ginsberg Center’s engagement with faculty across campus to advance its role as a Community Engagement Center for the social sector.  The Board’s work plan emphasizes translating needs and priorities defined by the community into potential research questions and agendas, and teaching opportunities; and convening conversations, learning communities and collaborations around them.

Faculty Advisory Board Members