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The right to criticize government is also an obligation to know what you are talking about. 
-Lent Upson, 1st Executive Director of CRC  

Staff can be contacted directly from this page by clicking on their names and titles. All staff members' email addresses are their first initial and last name at For example, if CRC's first executive director, Lent Upson, were still with us, his email address would be


Dan Krichbaum, President

Livonia Office (Ext. 13)

Dan joined CRC in March of 2014. Dan served as Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights from 2010 until 2013. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Krichbaum served former Governor Jennifer M. Granholm as her chief operating officer. Prior to joining the Granholm administration, Dr. Krichbaum served as President and CEO of Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, formerly The National Conference of Christians and Jews, where he had served since July 1996.

Prior to his service at the Roundtable, Dr. Krichbaum was Executive Vice President for WTVS Channel 56, Detroit's public television station, where he was responsible for the station's fundraising and educational projects on parenting, youth violence, and community affairs programming. Dr. Krichbaum also served Mayor Coleman Young as Director of Recreation and Parks for the City of Detroit from 1976 to 1993. In 1986, United Way Community Services named him Executive of the Year in the non-profit community.

Dr. Krichbaum is a graduate of The College of Wooster with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and is an ordained United Methodist Minister. In 1976, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Wayne State University. He is married to wife Susan, has four grown children, and lives in Bingham Farms.

Eric W. Lupher, Research Director

Livonia Office (Ext. 15)

Eric joined CRC in 1987 through the Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellowship, and then hired in full-time as a Research Associate in 1989. Eric has researched such issues as state taxes, state revenue sharing, highway funding, unemployment insurance, economic development incentives, and stadium funding. Recent work has been focused on local government matters, including intergovernmental cooperation, governance issues, and municipal finance. In addition to his research responsibilities, Eric manages the CRC website. He currently serves as the the Governmental Research Association president, after serving as the association's treasurer for 15 years. He served as vice-chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association. He also is an ex-officio board member for the Michigan Local Government Benchmarking Consortium.

Eric holds a B.A. in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University. He works out of the Livonia Office.

Robert Schneider, Director of State Affairs

Bob joined CRC in February 2013 after having most recently served as Associate Director for the non-partisan Michigan House Fiscal Agency (HFA). During his 15-year tenure at HFA, he developed extensive expertise and provided non-partisan advice and analysis to state House members on state policy and budget matters in areas including corrections, human services, and transportation. Prior to joining HFA, he was a research assistant and project manager from 1994 to 1996 for Public Policy Associates, a Lansing-based policy research and consulting firm. He also served for two years within the Michigan Department of State working on department budget and financial issues.

Bob received his B.S. in Economics from Central Michigan University and his M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University.

Craig Thiel, Senior Research Associate

Craig is back at CRC after a one year hiatus. Craig served as CRC's Director of State Affaris from 2006 to 2012 after serving as CRC's Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellow from 1993 to 1995. Prior to his return to CRC, Craig worked as a fiscal analyst for the Senate Fiscal Agency for six years and for the House Fiscal Agency as a fiscal analyst for three years. Before working for the Michigan Legislature, Craig worked as a Governor's Management Intern in the Department of State, Office of Policy and Planning from 1995 to 1997. Craig began his public service career with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago from 1991 to 1993.

Craig holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University. He holds positions on various professional, nonprofit, and local government boards/associations. He works out of CRC's Lansing office.


Nicole Bradshaw, Research Associate

Livonia Office (Ext. 12)

Nicole joined CRC in 2011. Prior to joining CRC, Nicole worked as a state and local government specialist in the Public Policy work group at Michigan State University Extension where she conducted nonpartisan research on a wide variety of topics including intergovernmental cooperation, local government consolidation, state transportation funding, performance measurement and benchmarking, and taxation.

Nicole has a bachelor of science degree in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis, and a master of science degree in agriculture, food, and resource economics from Michigan State University. She works out of CRC's Livonia Office.

Otniel Chis, Research Associate

Livonia Office (Ext. 14)

Otniel came to CRC in August 2014. He earned his Masters in Public Administration at Wayne State University with a concentration in Urban Economic Development Policy and Public Policy Formulation. He also earned his bachelors degree at Wayne State University in Public Affairs with a minor in Economics. He works out of CRC's Livonia office.


Greta Reade, Development Coordinator

Greta joined CRC in 2006. She has over 15 years of project management experience in automotive product development, software development, and environmental investigation. Greta earned a B.A. in Geology from Albion College and became a certified Project Management Professional in 2005. She has been active in the Southfield public schools for over a decade, receiving the city-wide Nancy Widman Award in 2006. She works out of CRC's Livonia office.

Erik Hanser, Earhart Fellow

Erik is a student in the Michigan State University Masters of Public Policy Program after earning his bachelor of arts from Michigan State University. He works out of CRC's Lansing office.







Last Updated August 18, 2014