GLLA Directors

Jordan Pusateri Burroughs, Co-Director


Jordan is the Co-Director of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) within Michigan State University Extension. Jordan manages GLLA’s Emerging Leader Program where she is responsible for curriculum development and delivery, participant recruitment and selection, managing the budget and staff, and fundraising. She is eager to develop synergies and serve as a catalyst for new leadership training initiatives, partnerships, and opportunities that benefit and strengthen our great State of Michigan.

Jordan spent the first 15 years of her career as a wildlife outreach specialist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. In 2009, she was named the Boone and Crockett Club Wildlife Extension Specialist where her passion for working with partners to bridge the science-policy interface and empower individuals to make informed decisions regarding conservation issues was brought to life. Her resume touts a wealth of experience in designing and facilitating collaborative stakeholder engagement efforts and developing innovative educational programs. A self-proclaimed foodie and adult-onset hunter-gatherer, Jordan pioneered efforts that embraced the locavore and sustainable eating/living trends in order to build awareness and strengthen social support for hunting and conservation. 

Jordan received her M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a fellow of the Natural Resources Leadership Project (2006), National Conservation Leadership Institute (2010) and LEAD-21 (2014). She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and now calls Michigan home. Jordan loves spending time outdoors – hunting, fishing, gathering, grilling, hiking, kayaking – with her husband, son, daughter, and rambunctious black lab, Ripley.

Ritchie H. Harrison, Co-Director

Ritchie is the Co-Director of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) at the Michigan State University Extension and manages the Leadership Advancement Program. He has led programs targeting neighborhood improvement and revitalization in the City of Detroit. His range of experience and expertise includes community and economic development, urban planning and land-use, and civic engagement.

Prior to joining Michigan State University Extension, Ritchie was the community planner for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy where he led extensive planning and development efforts targeting the Detroit Riverfront. His work demonstrates successful achievements of collaboration, diverse civic participation, and engagement. 

Ritchie is an alumni of the GLLA, Leadership Advancement Program (2011-12). He has a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Eastern Michigan University. He holds a Master of Community Development from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Ritchie has also completed the Larson Center for Leadership Program through the Michigan Urban Land Use Institute and the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program at Wayne State University.  He is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his family.