Nathan Triplett Receives 2022 Honorary Life Membership Award

Morgan Schwanky
Michigan Municipal League
[email protected], 734-669-6320


ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Michigan Municipal League Foundation Vice Chair President Nathan Triplett recently received an Honorary Life Membership Award from the Michigan Municipal League.

The Honorary Life Membership, first awarded in 1932, is the League’s highest honor, reserved for the most active and inspiring leaders dedicated to the League and its mission.

“On behalf of everyone at the League, I would like to congratulate Nathan on receiving our Honorary Life Membership Award,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the League. “It has been a pleasure working with him over the years through the League and serving on the League’s Foundation together as well. He has created and will continue to create a lasting impact on Michigan’s communities, which we are proud to celebrate.”

Triplett served on the East Lansing City Council from 2007-2015 and as Mayor from 2013-2015. At 30, he was the youngest elected Mayor in East Lansing’s history. Nathan previously served on the Michigan Municipal League’s (MML) Board of Trustees and was elected Vice President and President of the Board. He is a Level 4: Ambassador Award graduate of the MML Elected Officials Academy.

Triplett has a long history of advancing progressive policies in East Lansing and across Michigan. He is the principal organizer of Local Electeds Against Discrimination (LEAD), a coalition of over 350 local elected officials committed to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He also helped launch and coordinate One Capital Region, a campaign to pass inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances in four urbanized townships surrounding East Lansing.

Today, Triplett chairs the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), is President of the ACLU of Michigan, and serves on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission and Ingham County Parks and Recreation Commission. He is a volunteer with both Rotary and the Boy Scouts of America. Nathan is a recipient of the Governor’s Service Award, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 10 Over the Next 10 Award, the Michigan State University Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s inaugural Civic Leadership Award.

The award was presented during this year’s Michigan Municipal League Convention taking place in Muskegon.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this award and for the privilege and opportunity I have had to serve Michigan’s communities,” said Triplett. “No matter how intractable or insurmountable the challenges we face today may seem, I always take heart knowing that there’s a dedicated, innovative community leader in some corner of Michigan working tirelessly to tackle it. From mayors and city councilmembers to block clubs and volunteers, the most important, impactful work being done today to build a more sustainable, more resilient, more welcoming future is happening locally.”

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For additional information contact the League’s Morgan Schwanky, Content Developer, Marketing and Communications, at (734) 669-6320 and [email protected].

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