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“Every voice is important and should be heard, especially when you want to understand what alumni and students value most about their UMass experience,” says the newly-appointed president of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, Michaella Morzuch ’03, ’08 MPPA. “One of my goals is to ensure that the Alumni Association’s programs and services are meeting alumni needs and represent the priorities of our UMass community.”

Through ongoing analysis, alumni feedback and entrepreneurial thinking, the Alumni Association will achieve its greatest success in providing programs that attract diverse constituents, keep them connected through meaningful engagement and ultimately advance the university according to Morzuch.

Earlier this year, alumni feedback led to program changes that were implemented to better match interests and to increase the value of a UMass degree.

Another important element in achieving its goals is the dynamic nature of the Association’s Board of Directors. “I’m very excited with the new slate of directors,” says Morzuch. “We have people from different backgrounds, graduation years and professions who bring a wide variety of expertise and perspectives to our operations. We look forward to making more progress with our career programming, volunteer opportunities, communications and fundraising efforts.”

Morzuch herself is a research analyst with Mathematica Policy Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to this position, she was a research assistant at the UMass Donahue Institute and a legislative staffer at the Massachusetts State House for the vice chair of the Health Care Financing Committee.

She earned a bachelor's degree in political science, followed by a graduate certificate in women in politics and public policy through the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at UMass Boston. She completed her master's degree in public policy and administration at UMass Amherst in 2008.

A member of the Board of Directors since 2007, Morzuch has been involved in initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion, volunteer development, advocacy and the launch of the UMass License Plate, to name a few, as the Alumni Association has worked to better align itself with the university’s strategic plan.

“UMass is a part of my family,” remarks Morzuch. “My father teaches resource economics on campus and my mother, two sisters and husband are all alumni. UMass has framed who I am today and so I give back to it in any way that I can.”