University of Michigan Regent
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.
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 changes – Michigan Radio, Oct. 16, 2018
U-M board candidates pledge ethics reforms, more open university oversight – Detroit Free Press, Oct. 16, 2018
Regent candidates discuss academic freedom, tuition costs, Israel letter controversy at forum – Michigan Daily, Oct. 16, 2018
Candidates for UM Board of Regents talk tuition, academic freedom – MLive, Oct. 16, 2018
Experts, Regents weigh in on Regent election process – Michigan Daily, Oct. 11, 2018
Democrats fill ticket for November ballot – WLNS, Aug. 25, 2018
U-M socks away millions in endowment as families face rising tuition – Detroit Free Press, Feb. 2, 2018
Former Obama DHS appointee announces run for UMich Board of Regents – MLive, Sept. 28, 2017
Lawyers lending helping hand to refugees amid executive order signing – The Southgate News-Herald, Jan. 30, 2017
Lawyer is 'up and coming' – Hometown Life, Dec. 30, 2016
NEXTGen Detroiters to Watch: And Baby Makes Three – My Jewish Detroit, July 2015