Executive Director, Michigan’s University Research Corridor
Britany Affolter-Caine is the executive director of Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. One of the nation’s top university innovation clusters, the URC is focused on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world. Britany has been with the URC since 2012, in which time she has managed research on the organization’s critical contributions to key industries, talent and the state economy. She has also managed programs and events that foster greater research collaboration across the member universities and industry.
Prior to the URC, Britany was the talent director for Ann Arbor SPARK, and a senior research associate for the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution on the Great Lakes Economic Initiative, which focused on the creation of a federal-state agenda to promote the Great Lakes Region. Britany earned her PhD in higher education policy from the University of Michigan in 2008, which focused on the study of inter-university collaboration. She also earned a M.Ed. in secondary education from Wright State University (1999), and a BA in political science from Wittenberg University (1996).