Commencement Speaker

Marne Levine, Instagram

Marne Levine
Chief Operating Officer, Instagram

Marne Levine is Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, a community of more than 700 million who use the social platform to bring them closer to the people and things that they care about most. She is responsible for helping to scale the company’s business and operations globally.

Marne joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as Vice President of Global Public Policy from 2010 to 2014. In this role, Marne led the company’s global public policy strategy, working with governments and organizations to foster understanding and support for Facebook’s innovative technology. Marne also led the team responsible for developing Facebook’s global policies and programs.

Prior to Facebook, Marne served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.  Previously, Marne was Director of Product Management for Revolution Money and Chief of Staff for Harvard University President Larry Summers.  Marne began her career in 1993 at the United States Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton where she held a number of leadership positions.

Marne holds a B.A. in political science and communications from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Chegg along with several not-for-profits including Lean, the Urban Institute, Women for Women International, LIFT, and the American Council on Germany and is a member of the Trilateral Commission.   She resides in Menlo Park, CA with her husband and two sons.

Student Speakers

Mara MacLean | BBA ’18
BBA, MAcc,  MM, & MSCM Student Speaker

Mara came to the University of Michigan to explore her interests in business law and art history. As President of the Global Scholars Program, founding member of WeListen, and Campus Day Leader, Mara has had an incredibly full four years.

She credits her mentors and friends in Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity for the greatest sense of community at Ross. After internships at the Wall Street Journal and time spent abroad in Scotland, she is ready to move to Washington DC and work for the Department of State.

Mara thanks her professors, friends, and beloved family for the unwavering support and many laughs.

Scott Skinner | MBA '18
MBA & PhD Student Speaker

Originally from San Jose, California, Scott is a San Jose State University graduate whose past careers include: cook, actor, bartender, entrepreneur, journalist, Peace Corps Volunteer, and nonprofit manager. After this long professional journey, Scott came to the Ross School of Business to immerse himself in opportunities where he could learn more about various career paths.

As part of MAP, Scott worked for the Related Companies and got a taste for how real estate development can impact cities and shape communities. This year, Scott was a project leader in Ross’ new LBLE class and worked for The NRP Group, a real estate development firm with a passion for improving outcomes for its residents in affordable housing. Scott is very excited to join the NRP Group fulltime after graduation.

While at Ross, Scott also engaged in a variety of other activities. He served as President of his section, co-President of the Entrepreneur and Venture Club, VP of Clubs on the MBA Council, and was a proud member of Risky Business – the MBA student band. Scott is incredibly grateful for the opportunities that Ross has given him and even more grateful for the relationships he’s developed with his classmates and colleagues.