Jordan B. Acker
Regent Jordan B. Acker, a Democrat from Huntington Woods, is chair of the Board of Regents. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 2006 and his J.D. degree from American University – Washington College of Law in 2010. He is the first U-M regent to graduate in the 21st century.
Regent Acker worked for the Michigan Democratic Party as the Deputy Communications Director after graduating from U-M and before moving to Washington to work as a communications aide to the House Judiciary Committee. While in law school, he served as the Editor in Chief of the WCL Legislation and Policy Brief. Additionally, Regent Acker served as an associate in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel before being appointed by President Obama in March 2011 to be an attorney-advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security. While at DHS, Regent Acker worked on cyber, immigration and other homeland security issues, and served on the staffs of both Secretary Napolitano and Deputy Secretary Jane Lute.
Regent Acker joined his family business, Goodman Acker P.C., in 2013, where he practices law and is responsible for the firm’s business development. He has also served on the Detroit Jewish Community NextGen Board of Directors from 2013-2017, was a Michigan Political Leadership Program fellow through the Institute for Public Policy and Research at Michigan State University in 2015, and was named a Rising Star by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, as well as a Detroiter to Watch by the Detroit Jewish Federation in 2016.
Regent Acker’s wife Lauren is also a graduate of U-M (’07) and they have three daughters.
Regent Acker was elected to the Board of Regents in 2018. His term expires January 1, 2027.