Employer: BlueGreen Alliance
Graduation Year: 1984
Current Position: National Co-Chair of Jobs 21!
Since his graduation from Albion in 1984, Mark Schauer’s focus has been on serving the local community. He began his career in public service as the Executive Director of the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan, overseeing many programs to help the area's children, seniors, and people most in need. In the early 1990’s Mark ventured into the world of elected office, serving as a Battle Creek City Commissioner, State Representative from 1997-2003, and State Senator from 2003-2009, where he served as Democratic Leader. In 2003 he was named “Public Official of the Year” by Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.
In 2008 Mark was elected to the US House of Representatives. Serving Michigan’s seventh district (which includes Albion), he sat on the Committee on Agriculture as well as the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
In 2011 Mark was named by the BlueGreen Alliance as national co-chair of Jobs 21!, a grassroots campaign to create clean energy jobs in the 21st century. The BlueGreen Alliance unites the labor and environmental movements toward winning the global competition for clean energy jobs, protecting the environment, and making the United States more energy independent. In addition, Mark serves the Laborers’ Union and their contractors in helping them build renewable energy projects in Michigan.
Mark has been a staunch advocate of Albion College, the Ford Institute, and the Operation Bentley program. He has hosted many Ford students as interns in his office and is a regular presence on campus. For students looking to become effective public servants, Mark recommends that they should “be willing to work hard and pay your dues. Pay attention and learn from others. Be a servant leader and remain true to your ethics and values.”
Besides Albion College, Mark also attended Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. He serves on the boards of Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan-Israel Business Bridge, American Rights at Work, and the Battle Creek Family YMCA. Mark and his wife Christine have three grown children and three young grandchildren. They live in Battle Creek, where they own the small retail business My Style Your Style.
"I can't overstate how important the Ford Institute was to my intellectual and personal development within my Albion College experience. The relationships I built and the public service perspective I gained are firmly with me today."
Jennifer Tagg, '13, (right) with Michigan State Representative Kate Segal.
Nathaniel Love, '13, with Dennis Cawthorne, '62, of Lansing lobbying firm Kelley Cawthorne.
Paige Narins, '13, (right) spoke at the 2013 Governor's Education Summit. Fellow Albion student Heather Waldron, '14, (left) also participated.
Alex Seasock, '13, studied abroad for a semester in Grenoble, France.
Ford Institute seniors visited the C-SPAN studios as part of the 2013 Washington, D.C. trip.
Ford students in Detroit during the January Sleight Leadership Fellows Program. Read more
Are you interested in making an impact on your community, your city, your world? Are you motivated to go beyond the surface and what is "required" to learn more regarding topics you feel passionate about? Are you committed to serving others to improve their reality?
The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service has more than 175 student members from a broad range of majors and minors. Through tthe Institute, students can pursue a major in public policy or a concentration in public policy and service. An internship or off-campus experience is typically part of the program.
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The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service exists to enhance student awareness, understanding, and appreciation of life’s public dimensions. It strives to develop leaders and engaged citizens who understand the competing and conflicting interests of our world and the ability to advocate for the greater good.
The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service will enable every student to engage as leaders in public policy and service, from grassroots advocacy to political office, regardless of chosen profession. Beginning with the foundation of a liberal arts education, the Institute draws on its core values of excellence in teaching, challenging internship opportunities, and instilling a foundation of ethical and meaningful service to one’s communities to achieve this end.
The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service serves as a bridge between the classroom and real world. It supports the transition of our students as they begin to apply their studies to long-term career and life goals. To this end, its fundamental objectives are to:
- Actualize the integrity and ideals expounded by Gerald R. Ford throughout his career and service to people across the world,
- Develop leadership skills to achieve collaborative relationships in a world of competing interests,
- Provide students diverse opportunities to broaden their thinking and understanding of our global society through dialogues and internships with local, regional, national and international entities in pubic policy and service,
- Experience the opportunities, challenges, and satisfaction of providing service to one’s communities,
- Enhance our understanding of historical and current events through interaction with other students, faculty, colleagues, the community, guest lecturers, and visiting scholars,
- Engage in meaningful research that will inform the policy and service communities, and
- Enhance our understanding of the contributions made by Gerald Ford and how the Institute can continue his legacy of egalitarian leadership.