University of Michigan Regent

Jordan Acker

Jordan Acker

Jordan Acker is an attorney and equity partner with the Southfield law firm of Goodman Acker, focused on personal injury litigation. This is his first bid for elected office. Acker and Paul Brown are the two University of Michigan regent candidates nominated by the Michigan Democratic Party at its August convention. They are among the eight candidates for two seats on the Board of Regents.

Between his undergraduate education and attending law school, Acker served as the Michigan Democratic Party’s Deputy Communications Director and then as staff of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee for Rep. John Conyers in Washington, D.C. 

After graduating from law school, Acker worked as an associate in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. In March 2011 he was appointed by President Barack Obama to be an attorney-advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security.

He is co-founder of the Biblical Christian Rescue Foundation, a nonprofit focused on the plight of the Christian community in Iraq and Syria. He has also been active in the Michigan Association for Justice and is a board member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit NEXTGen. He was named a “Detroiter to Watch” in 2015 by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

Acker received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from American University Washington College of Law.

He is married to Lauren Acker, a school administrator. They have two daughters and live in Huntington Woods in Oakland County.

Patrick Schefsky, an attorney in Midland, is serving as Acker's campaign treasurer.

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Jordan Acker:  In The News

From The Daily: Acker, Brown for Regents Michigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2018

University of Michigan regents candidates propose ethics and transparency changesMichigan Radio, Oct. 16, 2018

U-M board candidates pledge ethics reforms, more open university oversightDetroit Free Press, Oct. 16, 2018

Regent candidates discuss academic freedom, tuition costs, Israel letter controversy at forumMichigan Daily, Oct. 16, 2018

Candidates for UM Board of Regents talk tuition, academic freedomMLive, Oct. 16, 2018

Experts, Regents weigh in on Regent election processMichigan Daily, Oct. 11, 2018

Democrats fill ticket for November ballotWLNS, Aug. 25, 2018

U-M socks away millions in endowment as families face rising tuitionDetroit Free Press, Feb. 2, 2018

Former Obama DHS appointee announces run for UMich Board of RegentsMLive, Sept. 28, 2017

Michigan Woman Files Suit Against Delta After Passenger Convicted For Indecent Exposure, Assault WWJ, April 26, 2017

Lawyers lending helping hand to refugees amid executive order signingThe Southgate News-Herald, Jan. 30, 2017

Lawyer is 'up and coming'Hometown Life, Dec. 30, 2016

NEXTGen Detroiters to Watch: And Baby Makes ThreeMy Jewish Detroit, July 2015