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Arnold Weinfeld - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Arnold Weinfeld

Associate Director | Michigan State University


Connector. Convener. Working to build problem-solving relationships with policymakers and university-community partners.






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Arnold is Acting Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University as well as Director of Urban Policy Initiatives for University Outreach and Engagement.

At IPPSR, Arnold assists with the coordination of programs such as the Michigan Political Leadership Program, Legislative Leadership Programming, State of the State Survey and issue forums. He also assists the Institute’s undergraduate and graduate fellows with their research work. In this capacity at Outreach and Engagement, he serves as a connector and boundary spanner, working with offices such as the Center for Community and Economic Development as well as other MSU faculty, local officials and community stakeholders to develop university-community partnerships and affect urban systems and policy change at all levels. Prior to joining UOE, Arnold served as CEO of the Prima Civitas Foundation, a community and economic development non-profit organization. He also has worked for the Michigan Municipal League where he served in a number of roles including, Director of State and Federal Affairs, Director of Strategic initiatives and President of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. Arnold began his career with the Michigan House of Representatives where he worked as a legislative aide, policy analyst and policy director. He has served his own community as an elected member of the Waverly Community Schools Board of Education and is currently on his local planning commission. He is also on the board of statewide organizations such as Creative Many Michigan, the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association, and Michigan Rural Council. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Social Science Multi-Disciplinary Program.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Public Policy

Legislative Relations

Strategic Planning

Program Management


Program Development


Community Outreach

Education (1)

Michigan State University: Bachelor's Degree, Social Sciences 1982

Affiliations (4)

  • Waverly Community Schools Board of Education : Member, Planning Commission
  • Creative Many Michigan : Board Member
  • Michigan Recreation and Parks Association : Member
  • Michigan Rural Council : Member

News (5)

IPPSR grants extend applied public policy research across Michigan

MSU Today  


The grants were announced Monday by IPPSR Interim Director Arnold Weinfeld. “We are excited to see the depth of these projects,” he said. “They ask, and will propose applied policy to answer, some of the state’s most important questions on education, the environment and community solvency.”...

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Political hopefuls hit the road ahead of Aug. 7 primaries

Cadillac News  


In open seats currently held by a retiring or term-limited Republican, if the incumbent is endorsing a candidate, that candidate might not be inclined to hold a joint event with competitors, said Arnold Weinfeld, acting director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. They’ve already got an advantage if there’s an endorsement...

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Candidates seek edge with new Michigan voters as registration deadline nears

The Detroit News  


Lesser-known GOP candidates, such as State Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township and Saginaw obstetrician Jim Hines, will face similar challenges in mobilizing grassroots voters as Democrats El-Sayed and Thanedar, said Arnold Weinfeld, interim director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University...

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State of the State podcast examines Michigan residents’ views on taxes and the 2018 midterm election



Matt Grossmann, political scientist and Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR), Charles Ballard, economist and Director of the State of the State Survey, and Arnold Weinfeld, associate director of IPPSR, engage in a lively discussion of Michigan policy and current events each month...

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MSU appoints a new leader to Urban Policy Initiatives

MSU Today  


Arnold Weinfeld has been appointed to lead Urban Policy Initiatives in Michigan State University’s Office for University Outreach and Engagement...

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