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Frank Wash, MPA '02

Planning Director
City of Walker, MI

Frank Wash Frank works for the City of Walker as Planning Director. He is AICP certified and a Michigan Professional Community Planner. He worked for Alpine Township as Planning Director from 1998 - 2004. Prior to that, he worked for the GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute from 1996 - 1998. Frank also practiced as a Registered Respiratory Therapist from 1992 - 1999. Frank also teaches PA 680 Planning and Zoning as an adjunct professor at GVSU.

Frank received his MPA from GVSU in 2002 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from GVSU in 1997 with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management. He also earned an A.A.S. from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois in 1992. Frank has co-authored a natural and cultural features inventory of the Grand River corridor for the Ottawa County Parks Commission. This project involved GVSU faculty and local historians and naturalists.

"I apply the methods and principles learned during my GVSU MPA studies on a daily basis. Strategic planning is essential when working in the public sector. Research methodology supporting various recommendations and policy development often determines agency direction. Clear, concise and effective communication skills will likely determine the level of your success. And critical thinking skills, honed by experience, will set you apart from the status quo. As with any graduate program, you get out what you put into it. The GVSU MPA program provides the student with numerous opportunities to develop real-world skills while also fostering an advanced mindset and a research-based problem-solving approach."

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