Meet Our Team
Tracy S. Hall, Ph.D., Executive Director
Tracy S. Hall, PhD, is Executive Director, Office of Metropolitan Impact and a Lecturer II in the Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy program.
Dr. Hall’s expertise encompasses higher education, nonprofit and public administration leadership; public policy advocacy; and workforce development/career transition. Her professional experience is grounded in 30+ years of cross-sectoral and government relations work, including service in the federal legislative and executive branches, and as a nonprofit executive and private sector lobbyist.
Since 2011, Dr. Hall has helped establish the Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI), and now serves as its Executive Director. OMI strives to enhance the volume and impact of mutually beneficial community partnerships for research, teaching, learning, and service and to catalyze the University’s Urban Futures Mission. Most recently, she has co-developed regional youth development research and collective impact agendas that have informed knowledge co-creation, best practices, and decision-making in close collaboration with senior leaders from regional public school and workforce development systems. 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.
In early 2013, Dr. Hall helped establish the UM-Dearborn Operating Site for the federally funded AmeriCorp service program Public Allies Metro Detroit (www.publicallies.org) and served as its Operating Partner until the University split with the program in 2020. From 2013-2015, Dr. Hall led a campus-wide effort resulting in UM-Dearborn receiving the prestigious national Carnegie Foundation engaged campus classification. Dr. Hall is a part-time faculty member serving her 11th year in the Master of Public Administration and Public Policy program where she teaches 7 of the course offerings.
Prior to UM-Dearborn, Dr. Hall served 10+ years in the nonprofit sector, most notably at Focus: HOPE, a nationally known Detroit organization engaged in civil and human rights and workforce development, where she led fundraising for its $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 completed her doctor of philosophy (PhD) in public administration and public affairs from Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2006 and her master of public administration (MPA) from The George Washington University in 1993. Proficient in Japanese, Hall received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Japanese Studies from Bucknell University in 1982, the junior year of which she spent at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Hall actively participates in professional and academic activities related to: talent management and workforce development, especially related to disconnected young adults; the nonprofit sector; community/civic engagement; public administration & policy; and urban renewal and revitalization. Her primary interest is to engage in both theory and practice that lead to fundamentally positive transformational social change.
Molly R. Manley, Assistant Director
As OMI’s Assistant Director, Ms. Manley oversees the office’s day-to-day operations and programming. This includes implementation of the strategic plan, collaborating with campus and community partners, and general supervision of office staff. In addition, she is responsible for incorporating restorative practices within the office’s policies and procedures while also providing training, when necessary, in accordance with industry best practices.
A graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Ms. Manley completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science prior to graduating with a Master of Public Policy with a focus in Justice Reform in 2018. During her time as an undergraduate, Ms. Manley was recognized as a Campus Difference Maker. Prior to her role as Assistant Director, Ms. Manley worked as a Program Coordinator at OMI, having first joined the office in 2011 as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), serving for two years in that role. As one of four authors that resulted in successfully earning the campus Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2015, she truly has helped develop OMI into what it is today.
Ms. Manley was elected to the board of the Youth Justice Fund in 2020. She is very active in her community with a variety of safety initiatives, the local block club, and community center. One of her passions is advancing Restorative Practices throughout the region- a passion in both her personal and professional life.
Elspeth Muzzin, Assistant Program Manager
Elspeth joined us in August 2022 and supports the programmatic and administrative needs of OMI. Ms. Muzzin currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy with a focus on Peace and Justice Studies. She also received her macro Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University.
With these degrees, her hope is to obtain licensure and eventually expand OMI’s social work capacity, building on the office’s field placement partnerships with many universities.
Racial justice and dialogue are some of Ms. Muzzin’s biggest passions. University of Michigan’s Summer Youth Dialogues and the International Baccalaureate Dialogues on Diversity were particularly formative for her. She has been a volunteer facilitator for Bridge Builders anti-racism camp in New Era, Michigan since 2019. Ms. Muzzin was a student participant in the program herself in 2013 and is eager to help the program grow and evolve.
As a proud third-generation Detroiter, you’ll find Ms. Muzzin at Eastern Market or at the local Pure Barre studio on Griswold. When she is not at the office, Ms. Muzzin loves to cook, read, and care for her numerous plants at home. Ms. Muzzin is excited to incorporate her deep beliefs in grassroots, abundance, and strengths-based mindsets into the amazing work that OMI does.
Breanna Rivera-Kloeppel, Graduate Social Work Intern
Breanna Rivera-Kloeppel is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and serves as a social work intern for the Office of Metropolitan Impact. She is a part of the Community Based Initiative Detroit cohort in the School of Social Work that specializes in training students for community and social change work in urban settings.
Breanna completed her Bachelor's of Science degree in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In her time there, she was selected as a TRIO Scholar and published a journal article on compassion fatigue in mental health professionals. Ms. Rivera-Kloeppel has also worked on a research team analyzing the outcomes of mentorship between adults and students with autism. After her studies, Breanna spent a year in Chicago volunteering for different organizations to stay connected with her community while preparing to attend Graduate School.
In her free time, Breanna loves playing volleyball and staying active. Last year she completed her goal of hiking in five different states! She loves to travel and explore new places with her friends and family. Outside of being active, Breanna loves to go thrifting, attend community events, and dable in interior decorating. Ms. Rivera-Kloeppel is empowered by strong community voices and is deeply passionate about relationships and power dynamics between community and governing bodies. She is building her professional foundation on the belief that people are the experts of their own experiences and by transparently communicating with one another, we can create an environment where everyone can thrive.
Muskan Ahmad, Research Data Assistant
Muskan Ahmad is currently pursuing her bachelor's in Data Science with a concentration in finance at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and serves as a Research data assistant for the Office of Metropolitan Impact. After entering her first year at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, she revitalized the Pakistan Student Association and became heavily involved in Student Government, UNICEF, and Student Organization Allocation Council. Her long-term goal is to obtain her bachelor's and work in the data field. Ms. Ahmad worked as a professional henna artist for six years and still participates occasionally. In her free time, she loves to read and spend time with her family. Ms. Ahmad is ecstatic to work with data and spread positivity in the office.
Praneeth Kruthiventi, Research Data Assistant
Praneeth Kruthiventi is currently pursuing his MS in Business Analytics with a Finance Concentration and operates as a Research Data Assistant for the Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI). He also received his Master of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering with Specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from Vellore Institute of Technology. After finishing his undergraduate studies in Computer Science at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Mr. Kruthiventi spent two years as a Software Development Engineer with Amazon, Bangalore, India.
As OMI’s Research Data Assistant, Mr. Kruthiventi assists the team to fulfill their mission by setting up and managing database systems with Collaboratory, a database software that is built to assist institutions align university’s efforts to address key community priorities. This includes collecting engagement data across campus and community, setting up efficient data pipelines to store the collected data on Collaboratory, and discovering interesting patterns in the data. In addition, he is responsible for maintaining health of the data systems in line with industry standards.
In his free time, you’ll find Mr. Kruthiventi reading books, photographing people and places, and nerd-talking about screenwriting, movies, and art. On most weekends he’s cooking pasta and analyzing F1 races. He loves travelling, and he collects maps and ticket stubs from the places he visits.
The OMI Advisory Committee meets quarterly to discuss goals and projects implemented by OMI.
Committee members are made up of staff and faculty representatives from across campus.
Current Committee members:
Keisha Blevins, J.D., Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
Stein Brunvand, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
Nicholas Capul, Staff
Yi-Su Chen. Ph.D., Faculty
John Cristiano, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Kristine Day, Staff
Cheryl Donohoe, Staff
Paul Draus, Ph.D, Staff
Amy Finley, Ph.D., Dean of Students
Cristina Frendo, Staff
Tyler Guenette, M.A., Staff
Marcus Harris, D.B.A, Faculty
Ann Lampkin-Williams, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
Patricia Martin, M.P.A., Staff
Joshua Palmer, Staff
Britta Roan, M.S., Staff
Laurie Sutch, Staff
Office of Metropolitan Impact
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128
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