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Paula Cunningham

Director, AARP Michigan

Paula Cunningham is the state director for AARP Michigan. She previously served as CEO of Capitol National Bank (CNB) and was the only African-American female president of a majority-owned bank in the United States.

Prior to joining CNB, Cunningham served as the first female president of Lansing Community College, the state’s third largest community college.  As president, she successfully led a millage campaign to generate an additional $9 million for the institution into perpetuity.

Cunningham’s dedication to education, small business and community has been recognized by numerous organizations. Among her honors, she is a recipient of the 2016 Michigan Black Caucus Trailblazer award; inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame; recipient of the prestigious Athena Award; and featured in Ebony magazine as a “Woman on the Move.”

Cunningham serves on numerous boards including, but not limited to, Davenport University, McLaren Health Systems-Lansing, and she was the first African-American female to chair the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.