In May 2023 the Mackinac Center lost our beloved colleague and dear friend, Amy E. Green.
Earlier this year, the Mackinac Center Board of Directors passed the following resolution honoring Amy’s time and dedication to the Mackinac Center.
This recognition is presented to Amy E. Green for her years of service to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the cause of liberty.
The Mackinac Center met Amy when she was a high school student, attending one of our annual debate workshops. Amy later became the eighth employee we hired, working from 1994 until 2002. She then freelanced from 2005 to 2013 while raising her children, Emily and Ryan. Amy returned to the Center from 2015 to 2022.
In the early days, Amy served as assistant to senior vice president Joe Overton. He taught her that in a professional workplace, “expectations matter” — a phrase that still appears in the Mackinac Center Values and Culture statement.
In the late 1990s, as the Mackinac Center outgrew its offices behind a Midland pizza parlor, Amy suggested we move into the abandoned Woolworth’s building on Main Street. Amy not only offered good ideas; she took action. She wielded a sledgehammer against the old Woolworth’s brick façade in the ceremonial groundbreaking of our Mackinac Center headquarters building. Amy later led the installation of our first multi-line telephone system, used until 2011.
Amy was a copy editor extraordinaire, earning the moniker “Eagle” (as in “eagle eye”) from Joseph G. Lehman. Her initials, then AEK, accommodated the nickname: “Amy Eagle Kellogg.”
In her most recent role as assistant to the president, Amy was charged with maximizing the time of president Joseph G. Lehman and executive vice president Mike Reitz. She often joked that juggling their calendars was “like playing a game of Tetris.”
On this, the 20th day of February 2023, the Board of Directors of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy expresses its gratitude for the work and person of Amy E. Green.