Ryan S. Olson
joined the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in June 2005 and is director of the
Center’s education policy initiative, which aims to improve the quality of
elementary and secondary schools in Michigan.
Olson’s education policy
analyses have been featured in the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and
numerous other Michigan newspapers, as well as Detroit’s WJR 760 AM, Michigan
Radio and National Public Radio. He also oversees the publication of Michigan
Education Report, a quarterly education journal available to Michigan school
teachers, administrators and policymakers, and
Michigan Education Digest, a
weekly electronic periodical that summarizes key education news stories.
Olson is receiving his
doctorate in classical languages and literature from Oxford University in May
2007. He has earned a master’s degree from Oxford in Oriental studies and
graduate degrees from Regent College in Vancouver and Durham University in the
United Kingdom. He received his B.A. from North Park University and his
elementary and secondary education from Michigan public schools.
Olson has a varied
teaching background, having taught English composition at a private college in
Michigan, tutored students in the humanities and classical Greek, and taught
Roman history classes in his community.
He lives with his wife
and daughter in Midland, Mich.
Michael D. LaFaive
is director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative for the Mackinac Center. He is
the author or coauthor of scores of articles, Op-Eds and studies on fiscal
policy issues. These include a 155-page analysis in 2003 of the state budget
entitled "Recommendations to Strengthen Civil Society and Balance Michigan’s
State Budget" and a 121-page study of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority
entitled "MEGA: A Retrospective Assessment." Since 1995, LaFaive has been senior
managing editor of
Michigan Privatization Report, a Mackinac Center periodical
concerning state privatization issues.
As a consequence of his
widely published research and writing, he appears frequently in major newspapers
and on talk radio programs across Michigan.
undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Central Michigan University
and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Midland, Mich., campus of
Northwood University, where he has taught American economic history and
economics of public policy.