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Jonathan M. Berman

MPP Student

Jonathan M. Berman is a 2002 graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in environmental policy and behavior from the School of Natural Resources and Environment.  Currently and for the past 12 years, he has worked for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality administering state grant and loan financial assistance programs to support drinking water and sanitary sewer systems in order to maintain and/or bring them into compliance with state and federal public health and environmental statutes.  Upon the completion of some graduate level coursework, Jonathan formally joined the MPP program in the fall of 2015.

Jonathan’s policy interests include how public officers make decisions and how government agencies function with respect to administering their legally mandated responsibilities from both technical and theoretical perspectives.  He is particularly fascinated by questions of legal authority versus the strong desire of individuals to act upon their own sense of what they perceive as laudatory, the importance of a well-documented and defensible logic path for regular audits and possible future inquiries, the principal of equitable decision-making in a world of programmatic change, the optimization of responsiveness to the public, and the provision of excellent customer service to all stakeholders.

Jonathan is originally from metropolitan Detroit in Michigan.  He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, writing, listening to music (especially cassettes and records), drinking hot tea, cooking, playing board games, and practicing yoga.  He lives in Lansing with his wife, Naomi, and son, Benjamin.

Expected date of completion: Fall 2018