Location, Hours, and Contact Information
The U-M Peace Corps office is located in the U-M International Center at the Ann Arbor campus, next to the Michigan Union.
U-M International Center
Office Hours for Winter 2013 Semester
U-M Peace Corps Office Advisors
Mackenzie Knowling, Peace Corps Recruiter,is a Masters student at the Ford School of Public Policy. She received her B.A. in Economic and International Relations from Lake Forest College in 2007 and studied abroad in Spain. After graduating, Mackenzie served as an Agricultural Marketing Volunteer in Guatemala from 2007-2009 where she trained local coffee farmers in business best practices through community-based trainings with a local NGO. Her secondary projects included working with community women’s group teaching cooking and nutrition classes, family gardening and in her final year she completed a 20 family smoke-alleviating stove project. Mackenzie is currently a Peace Corps fellow at U-M and hopes to work for international development programs focused on gender.
Brian Smyser, Peace Corps Recruiter, is a dual Masters candidate at the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He earned a BS in Environmental Sciences with a second major in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brian served in Malawi from 2010-2012 through Peace Corps' Master's International program partnership with SNRE. In Malawi, he piloted a business mechanism to expand the adoption of efficient cookstoves through local enterprise. Brian also led an interagency diplomatic effort that secured the Government of Malawi’s partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and its commitment to addressing cooking practices as major energy security and public health priorities. He plans to work in the energy sector on efficiency, international affairs, infrastructure development and sustainability.