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January 16, 2008

Foreign Correspondent

You might call it an early mid-life crisis. Or you might just admit you’re as jealous as the world is large over Sam Singh’s decision to drop everything and explore the globe.

Singh, former mayor of East Lansing and former president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, put aside all responsibilities to take off on a 16-month, “self-funded” dream trip around the world. The 36-year-old plans to visit all seven continents and visit more than two dozen countries before returning to Michigan in April 2009.

Planned stops include running a half marathon in Antarctica, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica, conducting nonprofit management seminars in Nigeria, running with the bulls in Pamplona, celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge and attending the Olympics in Beijing. That’s according to his blog and his new job as “global correspondent” for Lansing-based Public Policy Associates, a national research firm.

Jeff Padden, founder and president of PPA, said Singh will report and comment on public policy, politics and local governance for PPA as he travels around the world. “We can’t all pack our bags and leave town, but we can live vicariously through Sam’s adventures around the world,” Padden said.




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