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Joe Milligan

Director of Development


Joe Milligan has nearly a decade of nonprofit fundraising experience where he previously focused on state-based think tanks and local public policy. Joe cofounded a locally focused think tank in Puerto Rico, where he spearheaded both the efforts to find seed funding to start the organization, as well as managing day to day operations. Since then, Joe worked to secure record levels of revenue for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and helped lead the organization’s efforts to reach new donors and audiences. Joe now leads CCI’s fundraising and is passionate about sharing the mission of CCI with new donors and audiences around the world.


Joe resides in Detroit, Michigan with his wife and enjoys fly-fishing and doting over his nieces and nephews.



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August Book Club Review

Each month, the CCI team selects a new book to read and discuss together. Our book club selections cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to charter cities, but they are most often related to development, urban issues, and governance. In this ongoing series, reviewers will offer summaries of the books we’ve read and share some of the highlights from our discussions.

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Charter Cities Podcast Episode 56: Martin Rama and Yue Li on Private Cities

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