State Senator Stephanie Chang wins prestigious Ford School alumni award

Source: Ford School of Public Policy

Stephanie Chang

The Ford School of Public Policy recognizes state Senator Stephanie Chang (MPP/MSW ’14) with the Neil Staebler Distinguished Service Award, the school’s top alumni award for dedication to excellence in public service.

State Sen. Chang, D-Detroit, will be honored on March 6 during a Policy Talks @ the Ford School event in which she will discuss environmental justice with U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and former Towsley Policymaker in Residence and newly appointed Director of the Wayne County Health, Human & Veterans Services Department Abdul El-Sayed.

Chang is the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature, and worked as a community organizer in Detroit for nearly a decade before serving two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.

During her time at the Ford School, Chang was a David Bohnett Leadership and Public Service Fellow, a graduate fellowship that includes a funded summer internship with the Detroit Mayor’s Office, where she helped staff at the mayor’s office with cost estimates and spatial analysis of the city’s streetlight strategy.

Chang earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degrees in public policy and social work from the University of Michigan. She lives in Detroit with her husband, Sean Gray, and two young daughters.

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