A former legislator, Ken is known for his stripes as a prominent Republican. While that distinction sets him apart from most people at a nonpartisan policy research company, he is squarely in the firm’s center when it comes to finding effective policy solutions rooted in evidence-based research. His unusually broad perspective was shaped by serving, at various times, in the minority and majority, as well as during the historic two years of shared power in the Michigan House of Representatives.

PSC staff and clients value Ken for his ability to provide historical context on almost every public policy issue, as well as his extraordinary collegiality and statesmanlike conduct—attributes he honed while serving alongside five different Michigan governors. Ken is particularly skilled at helping PSC’s clients think strategically about their projects—from the proper identification of the problem, to how policymakers think about issues, to the most persuasive ways of presenting findings to influence leaders. He is frequently sought out to provide commentary on and analysis of politics and current events, as well as to offer perspective and counsel to state government leaders.

Ken served in the Michigan Legislature for 20 years—12 in the House and eight in the Senate.

Email: ksikkema@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BA in History with honors from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from University of Michigan

With PSC since: January 2007

PSC superpower: Policymaking insight—how and why Michigan’s leaders do what they do

Favorite part of working at PSC: There’s no aisle to reach across

Why Michigan? Fourth generation Michigan resident—and it is home