Center Staff

Meet our team in Detroit, MI, and Washington, D.C., as well as our Research Assistants, and yearly Oversight Fellow(s) from research institutions across the country.

Center Staff - Main Office

James Townsend

Director of the Levin Center


Margaux Laspeyres

Manager, Operations and Finance


Lynne Geller

Director of Philanthropy

Nina Roorda

Administrative Assistant

Congressional Office

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Elise Bean

Director, Washington Office


Linda Gustitus

Senior Advisor

Betsy Hawkings

Congressional Outreach Manager

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Andrew M. Wright

Distinguished Oversight Practitioner

State Oversight Academy

Kyle Bule

Research and Communications Specialist

Benjamin Eikey

Manager, State Training and Development

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Ian McKnight

Manager, State Training and Development

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Professor Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson

Academic Director, State Oversight Academy

Civic Education Program - Learning by Hearings

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Lauren Jasinski

Civic Education Specialist

Mark Morrow

Civic Education Specialist

Christopher Hunter

Civic Education Outreach Coordinator

Oversight Research & Scholarship

Grace Moore
Research and Data Specialist
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Professor Sean Theriault

 CORD Academic Advisor

Nathan Kelps

Postgraduate Fellow

Zukie Hlwatika
People-Centered Oversight Research Associate
Louis Osowski

State Oversight Academy Research Assistant

Jennifer Seech-Seramur
People-Centered Oversight Research Associate
COL Heidi Demarest

2024/25 Non-Resident Oversight Fellow

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Jason Juffras

2024/25 Non-Resident Oversight Fellow

Research Assistants

Fernando Avalos-Oviedo
Kaleigh Belz
Holly Gumbachy
Sydney Matuska
Raphi Sadaka