Paula Nas - Office of University Outreach Director 

Paula is the Director of University Outreach and our EDA University Center for Community and Economic Development. She has also been a lecturer of Economics at UM-Flint for the past 25 years. She is a graduate of the Honors Program UM-Flint and holds an MA in Economics from Michigan State University and a JD from Wayne State University Law School. Paula’s primary academic fields of interest are law and economics and microeconomic theory. She is currently the PI on several initiatives, ranging in topic from entrepreneurship and economic development to regional asset mapping. Paula is a member of the I-69 Thumb Region Steering Committee, an active volunteer with many civic organizations, serves on several campus-wide committees, and is a member of the Grand Blanc City Council.

Paula is passionate about community engagement, specifically in connecting faculty and students with economic development, business, and municipal leaders through a variety of initiatives. She is eager to continue to expand and broaden meaningful relationships between UM-Flint and community partners in ways that will benefit our region and our students, faculty, and staff alike.  LinkedIn


Samantha Uptmor - Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Institutional Fellow

University of Michigan-Flint

Major: Political Science

From: Saginaw, MI

Expected Graduation: April 2021

Samantha is a Junior at the University of Michigan-Flint studying Political Science. She previously attended Delta College where she received an Associates in Arts as well as an Advanced Certificate in Global Peace Studies. She has been involved with Campus Election Engagement Project since the Fall of 2018 and is looking forward to continuing her work with the organization. She is extremely passionate about promoting civic literacy in higher education through non-partisan work. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking and working with Student Government where she is the Director of Foreign Outreach.  LinkedIn