Phil Power

phil_betterCenter for Michigan Founder and Chairman Phil Power was the owner of HomeTown Communications Network, Inc., a group of 64 community newspapers in Michigan and the Upper Midwest that together won more state and national awards for excellence than any other group in the country.  He sold his newspapers in 2005 and founded The Center in 2006.  Power graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he was editorial director of the student newspaper, the Michigan Daily.  He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1962-64.  The former U-M Regent helped found the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and served as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

John Bebow

j_bebowJohn Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine. Published most weekdays at, Bridge is Michigan’s leading nonprofit publisher of in-depth news and analysis about state politics, public policy, education, the state economy, the environment, and other topics of statewide interest. Bridge attracts more than one million readers each year and has earned more than 100 state and national journalism awards, including three straight “Newspaper of the Year” awards from the Michigan Press Association. Bebow worked previously as an investigative reporter for The Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Ann Arbor News, and Traverse City Record-Eagle. He covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq for the Detroit News and Gannett newspapers and served as editor-in-chief of MLive. His family resides in Dixboro. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in English from Western Michigan University and a MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. John can be reached at

Dwayne Barnes

d-barnesDwayne Barnes serves as outreach coordinator for the Center. Prior to joining the team Dwayne worked as the Communications Director of Project: Better Man a prostate cancer awareness, education and prevention organization. Dwayne began his career in Public Relations working with non profits organization and political campaigns. Dwayne graduated from Eastern Michigan University and is currently pursuing an Master’s in Public Administration from Oakland University. Dwayne is married and has one child.

Amber DeLind

adelindAmber DeLind serves as engagement strategy director for the Center. Previously, Amber worked as a grant programs consultant for the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and completed two years of national service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and VISTA Leader for Michigan Campus Compact. She received a B.A. in psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Grand Valley State University. She lives in Detroit, MI.

A.J. Jones

jonesA.J. has served as operations director since 2006. Prior to joining the Center, he worked for a start-up toy company, a tourism bureau, a homeless shelter and an adventure travel company. He holds a degree with honors in English from Emerson College in Boston, and lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.

Allie Schmidt

Allie serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Center. She received her degree in Urban Studies from the University of Michigan with High Honors for her thesis on the politics of zoning land for tiny house villages for homeless individuals. Before joining the Center, she worked for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Detroit non-profit Michigan Community Resources, and multiple departments at U of M. An avid traveler, she has lived, worked, and traveled in 13 countries. Currently she lives in Ypsilanti with her boyfriend and their rambunctious cat.

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