Sarah Szurpicki

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Sarah is a co-founder and the former director of GLUE, the Great Lakes Urban Exchange, a network of young leaders who are committed to revitalizing the cities of the Great Lakes region.  Sarah co-founded GLUE in 2007 with a Pittsburgh resident, and the project was incubated for one year within the Great Lakes Economic Initiative of the Brookings Institution.  Through GLUE, Sarah has enlisted hundreds of young leaders in advocacy for better urban policy ranging from transportation to block grants to land banks.  GLUE engages residents through education and partnership with policy organizations.

Before starting GLUE, Sarah worked on various political campaigns and in education.  She graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy, where her honors thesis focused on public participation and activism in environmental science.  In 2009, Sarah was recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit Business’s “20 in their 20s”, and chosen as a Next American City Vanguard.  In January 2010, Sarah was a member of a coalition that released the Detroit Declaration, a set of 12 principles and a call to action that will set Detroit on a path to prosperity.  She is a 2012 graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Leadership Advancement Program.

At New Solutions, Sarah specializes in building and facilitating collaborations, program design and evaluation, and strategic planning. Sarah manages our work on the Let’s Save Michigan campaign for the Michigan Municipal League, which is devoted to advocacy for cities in Michigan. This assignment includes a robust social media strategy and the design and implementation of the “It’s About Place” placemaking competition, which garnered nearly 50 submissions from around the state. Sarah also leads our work with Michigan Future Schools, coordinating, evaluating, and reporting on the effort to accelerate high-performing new high schools in Detroit.