February 29, 2008



February 29, 2008                                         Contact:         Yvette McElroy

                                                                                                (313) 610-9227


EAST LANSING, Michigan -- Michigan State University’s Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) has selected Yvette McElroy of Detroit, Michigan as a recipient of the political leadership fellowship.  Through a highly competitive process McElroy was chosen for this public policy and leadership training program that runs annually from February through November.

McElroy is an Associate Dean of Transfer Programs at Wayne County Community College District.  She serves as the Field Director for the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee as well as a Precinct Delegate for the 14th Democratic Congressional District.  McElroy is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and an active member in her block club and numerous community organizations.  Her favorite quote is “I am because we are, and because we are I am”. 

She and 23 other individuals from across the state will take part in a rigorous 10-month curriculum on practical politics, public policy analysis, personal leadership development and effective governance.  Each fellowship is valued at $12,000 and equips graduates with the necessary skills to facilitate public policy decisions; to serve as effective leaders and government officials; and, to run campaigns for political office. 

This innovative and multi-partisan program is distinguished as one of only a handful of programs of its kind in the nation.  It is directed by Dianne Byrum and Anne M. Mervenne.  Byrum is a former Democratic Policy leader of the Michigan House of Representatives and partner with Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, specializing in issue advocacy, media relations and campaign strategy.  Mervenne is president of Mervenne and Partners, a governmental consulting firm.  Previously she served twelve years in the Engler Administration, most recently as a member of the senior management team. 

In early March, two fundraising events will be held to raise financial support for the fellowships:  The MPLP 13th Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 6 at the Laurel Manor in Livonia; and the MPLP 6th Annual West Michigan Breakfast on Friday, March 7 at the Noto’s Old World Italian Dining in Grand Rapids.  The events will feature vice-presidential candidate and former U.S. Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro and political analyst and commentator Bill Kristol.


Ms. Ferraro was the first women vice-presidential candidate on a national party ticket.  As a U.S. Congresswoman, she spearheaded campaigns for the Women’s Equity Act and the Equal Rights Amendment.  She is a FOX News Channel political analyst and New York Times Syndicate columnist.  Mr. Kristol is editor for the influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard.  Recognized as one of the nation’s leading political analysts and commentators, he regular appears on FOX News Sunday and FOX New Channel. 

The public is invited to mark the occasion at various levels of support.  Corporate sponsorships are available, as tables for groups of supporters and individual tickets.  To obtain more information on the fellowships or to participate in the fundraising events, contact MPLP at (517) 353-0891 or visit  MPLP is a program of Institute for Public Policy and Social Research in Michigan State University’s College of Social Science.  




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