Women’s Municipal Leadership Program Graduates Honored
32 Future Leaders Across Michigan Complete Training
ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Thirty-two future women leaders from throughout Michigan were recently honored for successfully completing the Women’s Municipal Leadership Program presented by the 16/50 Project.
Women continue to be under-represented in the municipal governance profession, making up just 16 percent of Michigan’s local chief administrative officers. The 16/50 Project seeks to empower women leaders with access to vital education and executive development through this transformative training opportunity—the Women’s Municipal Leadership Program.
The 2020 graduating class, honored recently by the Michigan Municipal League, includes future leaders from throughout the state—spanning from suburbs of Detroit to Newberry in the Upper Peninsula.
The Women’s Municipal Leadership Program is a five-part training initiative that gives aspiring women community leaders an opportunity to advance their skills and leadership abilities on the path to becoming strong local government managers. The 2020 graduating class began the program in the fall of 2020 and concluded in December.
“Now completing its third year, graduates of the Women’s Municipal Leadership Program have been able to advance their careers into municipal executive roles,” said Emily Kieliszewski, member programs lead for the Michigan Municipal League. “This program is actively eliminating barriers and increasing the number of woman candidates ready to lead Michigan communities. The 2020 class was exceptional, and we’re excited to see how they help their communities achieve their goals.”
This year’s graduating class are:
Enna Bachelor, Purchasing Manager, City of Livonia
Christine Bedford, City Clerk, City of Rockford
Kathryn Beemer, MPA student, Grand Valley State University
Aubrey Berman, Economic Development Director, City of Westland
Barb Brooks, Executive Assistant, City of Boyne City
Ginger Burke-Miller, Finance Director/Treasurer, City of Dearborn
Jennifer Capling, Finance Director/Treasurer, City of Harbor Beach
Cynthia Cutright, DDA Director, City of Port Huron
Natalie Davenport, Code Enforcement Officer/MPA Student, Village of Sparta / Grand Valley State University
Jane Dixon, Public Relations Specialist, City of Rochester
Tamaris Henagan, City Attorney, City of Adrian
Kate Hosier, City Manager, City of South Haven
Brandie Isaacson, Executive Director, Livonia Housing Commission, City of Livonia
Hana Jaquays, Confidential Assistant to the City Manager, City of Walled Lake
Tracy-Ann Jennings, Director of Special Projects, City of Inkster
Kristina Kinde, Treasurer/Finance Director, City of St. Johns
Ashley Latsch, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Grand Haven
Tamar Lewis, Consultant, Woodhill Group, LLC
Kelli Martin, Treasurer/Finance Director, Traverse City
Torri Mathes, Community Engagement Officer, City of Berkley
Amanda Opalewski, Management Services Specialist, City of Sterling Heights
Erin Quetell, Environmental Sustainability Planner, City of Ferndale
Kristin Rutkowski, Assistant Manager/Village Clerk, Village of Beverly Hills
Felicia Rutledge, City Clerk, City of Inkster
Tessa Sweeney, City Clerk, City of Linden
Pearl Tidwell, Clerk/Treasurer, City of Charlotte
Melinda Tolan, Finance Officer/Treasurer, City of Portland
Mariah Walton, Assistant City Manager, City of Eastpointe
Allison Watkins, Village Manager, Village of Newberry
Danicea Woods-McSwain, Management Assistant, City of Ferndale
Lindsey Zeller, Quality of Life Director, City of Eaton Rapids
Christine Zuzga, Transportation Economic Development Fund Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation
The training brings together lectures, panels, and interactive experiences. Participants explore multiple topics, including municipal budgeting and finance, economic development, council-manager relations, and interviewing and negotiating. The training also involves dialogue with experts and veterans in the field of municipal management; executive coaching; and participating in a mock interview experience with immediate feedback from seasoned managers. Due to COVID-19, all training sessions were done for the first time virtually. The training was conducted in a way that participants could still experience it all in the company of other dedicated women as they create a personal and professional network.
For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, assistant director of strategic communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell) and [email protected].
Michigan Municipal Leagueis dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.