Our Team

An unmatched team of labor and government affairs experts.

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Michael Reitz

Michael has served as executive vice president for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for six years. Prior to joining the Center, Michael acted as General Counsel for the Freedom Foundation in Olympia, Washington. Reitz has overseen the Mackinac Center’s effort to inform public employees of their rights through outreach, legal support and legislative affairs. In the past five years, the Center has educated more than 100,000 government workers about their First Amendment rights.

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Patrick Wright

Patrick is the vice president for legal affairs for the Mackinac Legal Foundation at the Mackinac Center and spearheads the organization’s litigation efforts, most recently on behalf of public employees around the country seeking recognition of their Janus rights. He joined the Center in June 2005 after serving for three years as a Michigan Supreme Court commissioner, a post in which he made recommendations to the court concerning which state appeals court cases it should hear. Prior to that, Wright spent four years as an assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, where he gained significant litigation and appellate advocacy experience. He joined the state Attorney General’s Office after one year as a policy advisor in the Senate Majority Policy Office of the Michigan Senate.

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Lindsay Killen

Lindsay Killen is vice president for strategic outreach and communications for Workers for Opportunity, the My Pay My Say campaign and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Prior to joining the Center, Lindsay held a series of communications, policy and government affairs posts at the Beacon Center in Tennessee, Independent Institute in California, and the Mercatus Center, Townhall.com, and Freedom Alliance in Washington, D.C. In 2018, she oversaw the national landscape for the Mackinac Center’s My Pay My Say campaign following the Janus decision, resulting in partnerships with numerous other state and national organizations and contributing to thousands of public sector workers exercising their right to stop paying union dues.

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Jarrett Skorup

Jarrett is director of marketing and communications for Workers for Opportunity, the My Pay My Say campaign, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Jarrett has spent the past 10 years with the Mackinac Center and led Mackinac’s successful campaign to inform Michigan union members of their rights following passage of the 2012 right-to-work law.

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Vincent Vernuccio

“Vinnie” is labor policy senior fellow for Workers for Opportunity, the My Pay My Say campaign, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Prior to his senior fellow role with the Mackinac Center, he was a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Labor. He has advised and testified before Congress on a multitude of labor-related issues, and is a sought-after voice on labor panels nationally and in Washington, D.C.

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