WPRI adds VP of outreach and special projects

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute today announced the hiring of a new vice president of outreach and special projects.

Michael Jahr is a former vice president for communications with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy who also has worked as a journalist, a staffer on Capitol Hill and, most recently, as director of communications at The Kern Family Foundation.

“Michael has spent much of his life helping promote paths to true opportunity and prosperity in the Midwest. He is an excellent writer with a deep background in public policy, knows both the traditional media and the digital world and shares our goal of helping improve Wisconsinites’ quality of life,” said WPRI President Mike Nichols. “We’re extremely lucky to have Michael on board. This is a big leap forward for WPRI.”

Before his time at Kern and Mackinac, Jahr worked for 13 years in Washington, D.C., and prior to that he was a journalist in Michigan, where he attended Eastern Michigan University.

“Over the past few years, I’ve had a chance to see up-close all that WPRI is doing to make Wisconsin an even better place to live, work, raise a family and do business,” said Jahr. “The institute plays a critical role in the understanding and development of public policies at all levels. I am privileged to join such a well-respected, innovative and prolific team.”

Jahr lives in Oconomowoc with his wife, Patricia. They have three children.

Founded in 1987, WPRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) guided by the belief that free markets, individual initiative, limited and efficient government and educational opportunity are keys to economic prosperity and human dignity.