Bridge Magazine’s philosophy was best set out nearly 200 years before its creation. In his “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote,“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”
The Center for Michigan, which includes Bridge Magazine, was created to help Michigan citizens develop an agenda to move our state forward.
Bridge’s mission is to inform Michigan citizens through fact-based, nonpartisan journalism that identifies critical issues and helps citizens navigate the challenges of our civic life. Our goal at Bridge is simple: To better inform Michigan’s private citizens so as to encourage a vibrant state in both the private and public sectors.
The Center for Michigan
The Center for Michigan is a “think-and-do” tank founded by former newspaper publisher and University of Michigan Regent Phil Power in early 2006. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Center’s objective is to make Michigan a better place by by encouraging greater understanding and involvement in policy issues among the state’s citizens and making sure their voices are regularly heard. We do this by regularly calling forth citizen views, amplifying those views and projecting them into the halls of power. The Center for Michigan's 990 form is available here.
The Center for Michigan is incorporated in Michigan as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Officers include: Philip H. Power, Chairman; John Bebow, President and CEO; Kathleen K. Power, Vice President; Loyal A. Eldridge III, Secretary; Karla A. Campbell, Treasurer. Directors include: Paul Hillegonds; Michael Jandernoa; Dr. Glenda D. Price; Douglas Rothwell; Dr. Marilyn Schlack; Paula Cunningham.
We are fortunate to have attracted a group of distinguished Michigan citizens to serve on our Steering Committee. These include:
- Richard T. Cole, Chair, Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing, Michigan State University
- Paul Courant, former Provost; University of Michigan Librarian
- Paul Dimond, Of Counsel, Miller Canfield
- Elisabeth Gerber, Professor, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
- Larry Good, Chairman, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
- Steve Hamp, Chair, Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and the New Economy Initiative
- Paul Hillegonds, Senior Vice President, DTE Energy; former President, Detroit Renaissance, and former Speaker, Michigan House of Representatives
- Mike Jandernoa, managing partner, Bridge Street Capitol.
- Tom Lewand, Partner, Bodman LLP
- Anne Mervenne, President, Mervenne & Co.
- William G. Milliken, Former Governor of Michigan
- Bill Parfet, Chairman and CEO of MPI Research
- Milt Rohwer, President Emeritus, The Frey Foundation.
- Doug Ross, former State Senator and Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce.
- Doug Rothwell, President, Business Leaders for Michigan
- Craig Ruff, Senior Policy Fellow, Public Sector Consultants
- John A. (“Joe”) Schwarz, Former member of Congress and former Michigan State Senator
- Jan Urban-Lurain, President, Spectra Data and Research, Inc., and Senior Advisor, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
- Cynthia Wilbanks, Vice President for Government Relations, University of Michigan