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For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2009

Contact: Andrea Messinger
Phone: (517) 908-0302

Michigan Municipal League Names Two New Professionals
LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Municipal League (MML), a local government advocacy organization, recently hired a project coordinator, Sean Mann, and legislative associate, Chris Hackbarth.

Sean Mann, of Detroit, Mich., was recently hired as the project coordinator. He will work on public outreach initiatives that involve social media and community organizing from the League's Ann Arbor headquarters and throughout the state.

Mann came to the League from the Michigan House of Representatives where, as a Democratic policy analyst, he crafted legislation for the majority caucus' legislative initiatives. In addition, he was a community organizer for the House Democratic Communications office where he oversaw four 2006 State House campaigns.

Mann received his Masters of Science in international relations from the University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, and received his Bachelor of Arts in history and physics from Kalamazoo College.

"Sean's experience in policy and outreach along with his passion for promoting Michigan communities will serve us well," said CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. "He will definitely be an asset to our staff and we look forward to watching him expand our grassroots efforts."

Chris Hackbarth, of Meridian Township, Mich., will join the League's Capital office staff as a legislative associate.  He will lobby and provide policy development on issues surrounding transportation and municipal infrastructure, including mass transit, economic development, road, bridge and sewer system maintenance and environmental affairs. Hackbarth comes to the League from the Office of Attorney General Mike Cox where as director of government affairs he developed policy on behalf of the Attorney General. Also, as director for the House Republican Policy Office, Hackbarth was responsible for managing the House Republican caucus policy division.

Hackbarth received his Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College with a major in international relations and cognate studies in international trade.

"Chris has maintained an outstanding professional career in policy development throughout his work in and around the Capital and for that we look forward to having him on as part of the state affairs team," said State Affairs Director Summer Minnick.

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member cities, villages and urban townships in Lansing, Washington DC and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. For more information, visit






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