Dr. Britany L. Affolter-Caine

Executive Director
Michigan’s University Research Corridor


Dr. Britany Affolter-Caine is the executive director of Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. One of the nation's top university innovation clusters, the URC is focused on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world. Britany has been with the URC since 2012, in which time she has managed research on the organization’s critical contributions to key industries, talent and the state economy. She has also managed programs and events that foster greater research connections across the member universities and industry.


Prior to the URC, Britany was the talent director for Ann Arbor SPARK, director of Intern In Michigan at the Detroit Regional Chamber and a senior research associate for the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution on the Great Lakes Economic Initiative. She has also consulted with Michigan-based organizations, such as Detroit Public Television, Macomb Community College, National Wildlife Federation-Midwest, the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition and the Michigan Colleges Foundation.


Britany has served as a director on the Michigan Strategic Fund board since 2019. She earned her PhD in higher education policy from the University of Michigan (2008), a M.Ed. in secondary education from Wright State University (1999), and a BA in political science from Wittenberg University (1996).