Mike Wiehe, joined the staff as Director in July 2014 before the Institute transitioned from its former brand, the Center for Urban and Public Affairs. Under Mike's leadership, the Institute has expanded and diversified its policy portfolio and expanded its mission to include applied policy research at all levels of government. Mike spent most of his career in public service, most recently with U.S. Congressman Michael Turner, representing Ohio's 10th Congressional District. Mike worked in Washington, D.C. as the Legislative Director for Congressman Turner, managing the legislative policy development and all military issues before the House Armed Services Committee. In 2007, Mike moved back to Dayton to become the District Director/Director of Military and Intelligence Affairs for Congressman Turner, overseeing all operations within the then four county 3rd Congressional District. Prior to joining APRI's staff, Mike worked in the private sector for Illumination Works, LLC and supported the Dayton Development Coalition in a consulting role. While working with the DDC, Mike developed the region’s defense policy in support of Wright-Patterson and was the primary local contact for federal and state legislative policy development.
Mike is a graduate of Wright State University where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration degree.
Born and raised in Celina, Ohio, a small community in NW Ohio, Mike developed an appreciation for the outdoors and the value of hard work. As an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns, Mike is an eternal optimist and believes next year could be the year.