About Abby and Sarah:
Co-Founders Sarah Szurpicki (Harvard 03) and Abby Wilson (Columbia 02) are young urbanists who recently returned to their respective hometowns: Detroit and Pittsburgh. They developed the concept for the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE) during the summer of 2007, as an outgrowth of comparative conversations about their experiences coming home to similarly challenged post-industrial cities. Between them, they have run political campaigns, traveled to five continents, written over a million dollars worth of successful grant proposals, and performed on half a dozen stages. Prior to moving back to Detroit, Sarah, who will supervise GLUE networks in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, served as the Director of Finance and Operations to the Harlem Success Academy Charter School in New York, where she oversaw the operational startup of the new school. Abby, supervisor of GLUE networks in Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, most recently managed the successful Pittsburgh City Council campaign of Patrick Dowd, a progressive school board member, who won a hotly contested race against an entrenched incumbent.
About GLUE’s Friends (for whom GLUE is very grateful):
Abby and Sarah are pleased to thank the Brookings Institution’s Great Lakes Economic Initiative for supporting the organizing of GLUE.