Marsh & McLennan Agency Welcomes Geoff Brieden as Vice President, Health & Benefits

Troy, Michigan – February 11, 2019 – Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) recently appointed Geoff Brieden as a vice president with the health and benefits practice in Troy, Mich. In his new position, Brieden identifies best practices and strategic solutions that optimally fit his clients’ group benefit needs.

Prior to joining MMA, Brieden owned Kane Atwood Group Services for over ten years, assisting employers with their benefits strategies. During this time, he developed a particular affinity for and understanding of the unique needs of the health care industry. Before starting his own firm, Brieden garnered thirteen years of experience with a third party administrator.

As a vice president of health & benefits with MMA, Brieden will leverage his extensive background to help employers design strategic benefits plans that meet their business management goals as well as help achieve their talent recruitment and engagement goals.

“We are honored to welcome Geoff to our team: his entrepreneurial spirit and thoughtful approach are a great addition to MMA. Geoff understands the complex and changing needs of mid-size and larger employers and takes a thorough approach to addressing those challenges,” said Rebecca A. McLaughlan, president & ceo of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC’s Michigan Health & Benefits operations.

“I chose to join MMA because of the energy and intelligence of the people, and the resources that MMA brings to the table. I am excited for what the future holds,” added Brieden.

Brieden received his BA in Business & Economics from Kalamazoo College and an MBA in Business & Finance from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business. A competitive sailor, Brieden is also an active supporter of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Wreaths Across America, and the LivLife Foundation.

If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Ryan Bowers at (248)822-6231 or

New Co-Chairs of Michigan’s Automotive Caucus Prioritize Future of State’s Signature Industry

DETROIT, Mich., January 15, 2019 – Today, the Michigan Legislative Automotive Caucus announced the new co-chairs for the 2019-20 legislative session as Rep. Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp), Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), and Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City).

The announcement was made as legislators attended the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) preview week with representatives of the state’s automotive and mobility industry at a meeting convened by MICHauto, Michigan’s only automotive cluster association.

“For over a century, Michigan’s automotive industry has undoubtedly shaped the global economy along with how people engage with one another,” said Rep. Tate. “I am thrilled to be working with my esteemed co-chairs, and there is no more appropriate place for us to announce this renewed focus than at NAIAS as we celebrate the legacy and the future of this storied relationship between Detroit and the automobile.”

The incoming leadership represents a diversity of experience and geographical representation of Michigan’s automotive industry and the communities so closely tied to it.

“This issue is incredibly timely and relevant to our priorities as a legislature. Our automotive industry touches every corner of the state and reaches well beyond the assembly line and manufacturing floor in terms of jobs and economic impact,” said Sen. Schmidt. “Whether it be raw materials mined in the north and shipped on our Great Lakes, advanced manufacturing in West Michigan, or testing the latest innovation at the American Center for Mobility, a strong automotive industry means a strong Michigan.”

Founded in 2015, the Auto Caucus is dedicated to ensuring Michigan’s business climate remains competitive and supports the state’s global leadership in next-generation mobility technology and its signature industry. Since its formation, the Caucus has taken a leadership role in defining policy such as the SAVE Act legislation put in place in 2016 to establish regulations for the testing, use and the eventual sale of autonomous vehicle legislation.

“My colleagues and I are dedicated to ensuring our state addresses key challenges in terms of stakeholder engagement and infrastructure improvement,” said Sen. McMorrow. “I look forward to bringing my years of experience in and around the automotive industry to the table to ensure Michigan stays well-positioned to lead the nation in the development and deployment of electrification and connected and autonomous vehicles.”

The co-chairs will be spending the upcoming weeks educating new legislators on the caucus and solidify membership before holding their first meeting of the new legislative session, which is tentatively expected to be held in February.

“As a caucus, we look forward to announcing an ambitious schedule of education opportunities, site visits, and policy priorities for our colleagues in the legislature,” said Rep. Lilly. “We will be looking to collaborate with our partners in the automotive and energy industries as well as state and federal regulators to ensure that Michigan remains the automotive and mobility capital of the world.”

The new co-chairs succeed Sen. Steven Bieda (D-Warren), Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake), Rep. Michael McCready (R-Bloomfield Hills), and Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor), all of whom were termed out of their respective offices at the end of the 2017-18 legislative session.



About Michigan Legislative Automotive Caucus

The Michigan Legislative Automotive Caucus is a bi-partisan, bi-cameral group of legislators from across Michigan focused on the future success of the state’s automotive industry. The Auto Caucus is committed to ensuring Michigan provides the competitive climate to remain the global automotive capital through their support of relevant policy priorities and working in partnership with Michigan’s business, philanthropic, and regulatory communities.

About MICHauto

MICHauto, Michigan’s only automotive cluster association, is a statewide economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber. Dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive and next-generation mobility industry in Michigan, MICHauto embodies a public-private strategy, championing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry and providing a platform for collaboration on advocacy, business attraction and retention, and talent attraction. To learn more, visit

Statement on the Michigan governor’s race results:

DETROIT, Mich. Nov. 6, 2018 —

“We congratulate incoming Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and look forward to working with her administration to continue Michigan’s positive momentum.  Michigan has benefited from strong, stable and calm leadership for eight years and we are committed to continuing this positive flywheel.  The Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed Whitmer and is ready to help the new governor deliver on plans for improving infrastructure, regional transit and education outcomes.”

Sandy K. Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber


Howes: Strong economy poses risks for next governor — whoever it is

November 5, 2018

The Detroit News

By: Daniel Howes

Michigan’s next governor will inherit something the state’s last three CEOs didn’t — the strongest economy in close to 50 years.

Job creation is up, unemployment is plumbing record lows and per-capita income is rising. State tax policy is once again deemed competitive. And for the first time in decades, Detroit is on generally solid financial footing, attracting billions in private capital and fundamentally changing the narrative of America’s poorest major city.

The challenge for Gov. Rick Snyder’s successor: don’t screw it up. Whatever you think of the Republican incumbent, he used the lessons of the “Lost Decade” over the past eight years to assemble a record of disciplined financial management and pragmatic problem-solving that reassured business and often transcended the partisan divide in a hyper-partisan era.

With the notable exception of the Flint water crisis, Michigan is on sounder economic ground than any time in at least a generation. Its auto industry is restructured and, for now, profitable. Its tech sector is growing. And its metrics of performance are consistently improving instead of declining as they did in the run-up to the Great Recession.

If history is any guide — and it usually is in this state — the most likely outcome of Tuesday’s election won’t so much mean more of the same, even if Republican Bill Schuette proves the polls wrong and wins. It’ll be what Business Leaders for Michigan’s CEO, Doug Rothwell, calls the state’s “consistent inconsistency” on the priorities and policy-making that impact investment, growth and job creation.

Meaning that whenever the out-of-power party regains the governor’s office, control of the Legislature or both, Michigan’s political tradition pretty much ensures that tax, spending and economic development policies are overturned summarily, whipsawing business by rewarding friends and punishing enemies. It’s not helpful.

“The Lost Decade was not an accident,” said Patrick Anderson, CEO of the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group. “We lost that decade. It was a self-inflicted wound. It wasn’t just bad conditions. It was bad management.”

His counsel for whoever succeeds Snyder: first, do not undermine the dramatic improvement in Michigan’s business-tax climate, now ranked in the top 10 nationwide. Second, do not succumb to the budget brinksmanship of the Granholm years, including the occasional middle-of-the-night tax increase. And keep the momentum going on Detroit.

“Don’t fall back into the old, poisonous ways,” Anderson added. “Then we’re going to be signaling that we’re slipping back into the kind of incompetence and self-defeating activity that marred some of Michigan during the Lost Decade.”

Detroit is undergoing an unmistakable rebound. Credit the city’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which Snyder ordered. Credit business and political leaders in both parties who coalesced behind an agenda of reinvention. Credit private capital driving the resurgence — billions of dollars invested in the old bones of downtown and Midtown under a pragmatic mayor who understands business as well as politics.

And that’s precisely the balance Schuette or Democrat Gretchen Whitmer should emulate upon taking office. They can either build on the bipartisan economic consensus crafted by business, by philanthropy, by Snyder and Mike Duggan — two comparatively nominal partisans with a bias for focusing on what works.

Or the next governor can muck up Michigan’s mojo and alienate half the state and much of the business community by reversing reforms to reward their favorite constituencies and score ideological points, whatever the dollars-and-cents impact to Michigan’s budget and business climate.

Case in point: Whitmer and fellow Democrats running for legislative seats vow to repeal the state’s right-to-work law, to repeal the so-called “pension tax” levied on defined-benefit payouts of public-sector retirees, to reinstate the Prevailing Wage Law. And Schuette promises yet another tax cut, even as Michigan’s roads crumble and education funding mostly flatlines.

An alternative favored by some of the state’s leading business groups is to continue practicing the fiscal discipline favored by Michigan’s current CEO-turned-governor. To continue paying down long-term debt; to continue delivering balanced budgets on time and without drama; to maximize the tax base without discouraging investment.

“That positive flywheel is working,” said Sandy Baruah, CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We certainly don’t want that tinkered with.”

And continue to avoid the Trump-era polarization defining politics in too many parts of the country. Snyder eschewed such extreme partisanship, preferring to practice a “relentless positive action” that enabled big things (see the Detroit bankruptcy) considered too hard to tackle.

Michigan’s next governor should take care to avoid breaking what’s already fixed. The second half of the past 16 years proved two things: that governors don’t cause macro-economic recessions, and that undisciplined, anti-business financial management at the state level tends to make the predicament worse.

Business cycles don’t conform to electoral cycles, as Granholm could attest. Her successor’s tenure coincided with the longest year-over-year sales and profit expansion for the Detroit auto industry since the 1960s, as well as the longest national economic recovery the country has seen in decades.

Snyder’s successor may not be so fortunate. Even as it reported surprisingly strong third-quarter results, General Motors Co. last week confirmed plans to offer buyouts to 18,000 salaried employees and signaled that rising interest rates and trade uncertainty are combining to create an industry slowdown.

Ford Motor Co. is deep in a global restructuring that is expected to claim a slice of its global salaried workforce. As the Federal Reserve continues to raise rates, equity markets are telegraphing uncertainty and worries that corporate earnings mostly have nowhere to go but down.

Major challenges loom for the state. The educational attainment of its public school students is a national embarrassment, worsening as most other states improve. Repairs to its roads and transportation infrastructure are desperately needed, but the legislators in the state that put America on wheels can’t — won’t — figure out how to pay for it.

Making headway on those and other serious issues won’t be accomplished unilaterally, no matter who prevails in this election. It’ll take consensus and a lot less worrying about who gets the credit.

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Southfield Attorney Sworn in at Supreme Court

Foster Swift attorney Stefania Gismondi was among those from the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers’ section sworn in at the U.S. Supreme Court at a small group bar admission ceremony on Wednesday, October 10 in Washington D.C.

Stefania is a member of the firm’s General Litigation practice group and practices in the Southfield office. She has experience working with small business enterprises and non-profits.

Employment law attorney Stacy Kelly joins Plunkett Cooney

Attorney Stacy L. Kelly recently joined the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kelly primarily focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment law with particular expertise in litigation involving academic institutions.

Kelly has worked in higher education administration on various-size campuses with university systems and athletics conference offices for over 12 years. She has extensive experience with educational policy and NCAA Division I, II and III rules compliance. Kelly counseled universities and colleges on the investigation and adjudication of student and employee conduct matters, compliance audits and rules education programs.

In addition, Kelly has experience interpreting state policies and federal regulations, such as those related to Title IX, Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act and Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act reporting requirements. She previously served on the NCAA Eligibility Center Advisory Committee and traveled nationally as a facilitator with the NCAA Leadership Development program.

Kelly’s employment law practice also includes handling discrimination, retaliation and civil rights claims on behalf of employers. She works with public- and private-sector clients on contract and handbook reviews and employment-related matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII and Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Admitted to practice law in North Carolina and Michigan, Kelly is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

Kelly received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2017. She also received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2004 and her undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in 2002.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group provide a full range of employment-related legal services, including human resources counseling, litigation defense representation, alternative dispute resolution, labor law assistance and regulatory compliance review and defense.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including 145 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.

For more information about employment law attorney Stacy Kelly joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

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Plunkett Cooney moves Petoskey office to Chemical Bank building

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, announces that its office in downtown Petoskey, Michigan has moved to the nearby Chemical Bank building.

The new office address is:

406 Bay Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
General: (231) 347-1200
FAX (248) 901-4040

Plunkett Cooney’s new office space is located on the 3rd floor of the building, which overlooks Little Traverse Bay. Visitors are greeted by a contemporary design concept and employees enjoy an open floor plan.

The Petoskey office is home to six attorneys, one paralegal and four support staff members who provide a range of legal services to clients in the public and private sectors. The firm has maintained an office presence in downtown Petoskey since 1988.

Plunkett Cooney provides an array of transactional and litigation services to clients in such diverse industries as healthcare, manufacturing, professional services, retail, insurance, banking and finance, real estate and many others. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held companies, municipalities and nonprofits.

Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 145 attorneys in eight Michigan cities and one each in Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading international directory of law firms, and it is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

For more information about the firm’s new office location, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John E. Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;


Tammy Carnrike Named to USGLC Michigan Advisory Committee

DETROIT, Sept. 10, 2018 – Detroit Regional Chamber Chief Operating Officer, Tammy Carnrike, CCE has been named to the Michigan Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Michigan Advisory Committee is comprised of more than 60 leaders from across the state, including veterans, business leaders, former Ambassadors and academics. This bipartisan committee believes that Michigan benefits when America leads the world through investments in development and diplomacy.

Last year, Michigan exported nearly $60 billion in goods and services to foreign markets, and trade supported over 1 million jobs in the state, making U.S. international engagement a strategic issue for the community.

“The USGLC’s Michigan Advisory Committees bring together top leaders to highlight the importance of American engagement overseas,” said Jason Gross, executive director of the USGLC. “The new and growing leadership of this group demonstrates a commitment to development and diplomacy and emphasizes the importance of investing in America’s International Affairs Budget.”

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition ( is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and non-governmental organizations; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

In her role as chief operating officer for the Chamber, Carnrike is responsible for day-to-day oversight and corporate governance, major investor relations, signature events and high-profile convening including the Mackinac Policy Conference and working relationships with the defense industry.

Carnrike serves as the Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army for Michigan (CASA), as a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Army Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM), member of the Governance Committee, Protect and Grow: A Strategic Plan for Michigan’s Defense and Homeland Security Economy. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Detroit.

Hamameh Elected to SBM Board of Commissioners

Foster Swift attorney Lisa J. Hamameh is one of five attorneys elected to serve on the 2018-19 State Bar of Michigan’s (SBM) Board of Commissioners. The SBM Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the State Bar on finance, public policy, professional standards and member services and communications. SBM is the governing body for the 42,000- plus lawyers in the State of Michigan.

Lisa was elected to serve District I, representing Oakland County and will serve a three year term starting late September 2018 after the SBM Annual Conference.

A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Lisa is a shareholder with Foster Swift Collins and Smith, PC, where she practices primarily public entity law, zoning and land use, liquor licensing law and condominium and homeowners’ association law.

Lisa has a lengthy history of giving back to the profession. Her term as chair of the SBM Character and Fitness District I Committee concludes in December of this year and she previously served on the SBM Young Lawyers Section Executive Council. Also active in the Oakland County Bar Association, she chaired the OCBA’s Municipal Law Committee, chaired the OCBA’s Membership Committee, and is a past director of the New Lawyers Committee.

Her legal skills and commitment to the profession are well-recognized. Michigan Lawyers Weekly honored Lisa as a 2014 “Woman in the Law.” She has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyer Magazine since 2011, first as a “Rising Star” and now as a “Super Lawyer” for Government, Cities and Municipalities. She was also selected for Best Lawyers in America® for Municipal Law and as a “Top Lawyer” for dBusiness Magazine.

Historic alliance of diverse organizations comes together to improve Michigan’s K-12 education outcomes; focus on student needs, future

Unprecedented group of business, education, labor, philanthropy, and state and community leaders join forces as ‘Launch Michigan,’ to become a top 10 education state

Lansing, Mich. – A strong, thriving public education system is the cornerstone for helping Michigan’s children succeed in school, careers and life as well as building robust communities and an economy that works for everyone. It also must be a top state priority, today said “Launch Michigan,” a diverse, never-before assembled group of business, education, labor, philanthropic, and state and community leaders.

Unveiled at the Impression 5 Science Center in the state’s capital city, that was the loud and clear message from the unlikely group of allies who have pledged to work together to turn Michigan into a leader in educational excellence with lasting, research-driven strategies that transcend politics and election cycles.

Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, noted that the effort was a perfect illustration of the collaboration essential to addressing some of the state’s most pressing issues. “From the state capital of Lansing to the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a strong K-12 education system that prepares our kids for all that’s next is one of the keys to ensuring Michigan’s comeback continues and truly ensuring sustained prosperity for all. We are more than committed to supporting this historic effort,” Daman said.

For Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable comprised of the chairpersons, CEOs, or most senior executives of Michigan’s largest companies and universities, this work is essential. “Robust public education is essential for thriving economies, creating opportunities for everyone and for Michigan companies to fulfill their wishes for hiring top homegrown talent,” said BLM President and CEO Doug Rothwell. “This work is critical to Michigan being a place that we can all live, work, raise a family and call home. BLM is ‘all in’ to make this vision and effort a reality.”

Paula Herbart, president of the Michigan Education Association, representing 140,000 of the state’s teachers, education support professionals and higher education employees, said the Great Lakes State’s largest public employee union has joined the effort to find shared solutions for our students and state. She was joined at the announcement by David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan, a union representing another 35,000 educators working in K-12 and intermediate school districts, community colleges and universities across the state.

“Education is not a partisan issue,” Herbart said. “We are 100 percent committed and proud to be part of this effort to help front-line educators who are experts at teaching and learning provide answers and inform this partnership about what’s needed to help every student learn and succeed, regardless of the zip code they live in.”

The group said countless reports and research are clear: Michigan is facing an education crisis and can’t afford to get stuck re-defining the problem over and over again. Instead, it’s about working and moving forward together to improve the system for every child, every school and our state.

For example, Oakland Schools Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson, representative for the School Finance Research Collaborative and numerous Michigan education management associations, said that “educators go into this field for one reason and one reason only – to help kids and be part of helping them learn and grow. Too often, education goals and policies shift beneath our feet. We need shared strategies that work, that we can stick with and that shouldn’t change depending on who is in office. We are excited to roll up our sleeves and work together to best serve all students.”

“I can’t think of anything more important for our kids and our state’s collective future,” said Rob Fowler, president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, which represents 26,000 small businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries across Michigan. “We are stronger together. This unique collaboration will help us find meaningful, shared solutions for addressing K-12 achievement and generating the kind of outcomes that fuel innovative spirits, inspire future entrepreneurs and more – regardless of political affiliations. It’s a new day and a new way forward, together.”

“We know that the most effective way for our state to boost the short and long-term wellbeing of its people is to invest in improvements in education,” said Amber Arellano, executive director for Education Trust-Midwest, a leading nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization. “This new partnership can make a big difference in advancing the pursuit of educational excellence and equity for all Michigan students, and can be a tremendous resource in 2019 when our state has a new governor and many new state lawmakers.”

 For Derek Shinska, chair of the Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders and its Career Readiness Academy, the need for and timing of Launch Michigan couldn’t be better. “The world and jobs are changing fast. It’s imperative for Michigan kids everywhere to have the most up-to-date skills and training, and to be able to apply or adapt them. We’re excited about this partnership and what it can mean for students and our state’s future.”

“This collaboration provides a platform for Michigan’s philanthropic community to get behind,” said Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation. “If we provide equitable opportunity through our state’s education system, we can produce equitable outcomes and a prosperous future for all. To do so, we must put politics aside and work together to effectively serve children in every corner of our state.”

Initial areas of agreement and focus include:

  1. Supporting educators by leveraging existing research and using a statewide educator survey, among other activities, to guide our work.
  2. Supporting shared, statewide, research-driven strategies for delivering effective education to all students and sticking to those strategies beyond politics and election cycles, to determine what really works.
  3. Supporting a fair and comprehensive accountability system that includes everyone who influences education—not just teachers.
  4. Working together to ensure that resources are available to provide for an equitable, student-centered education system and funding model.
  5. Elevating public awareness and inspiring action about the current state of education in Michigan.

Next steps include fleshing out a shared agenda this summer and getting it in front of candidates and elected officials in the fall.

The list of participating organizations is growing. As of June 20, 2018, it includes:

  • AFT Michigan
  • Business Leaders for Michigan
  • Center for Michigan
  • Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders Board
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grand Valley State Univ. Charter Schools Office
  • Kent ISD
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Macomb Intermediate School District
  • Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
  • Michigan Association of Public School Academies
  • Michigan Association of School Boards
  • Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators
  • Michigan College Access Network
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Education Association
  • Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • Michigan PreK-12 Literacy Commission
  • Michigan School Business Officials
  • Michigan’s Children
  • Middle Cities Education Association
  • School Finance Research Collaborative
  • Skillman Foundation
  • Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Steelcase Foundation
  • Talent 2025
  • Teach for America-Detroit
  • The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Wayne RESA
  • Tom Haas, Grand Valley State University President & Chair, Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission
  • Doug Ross, Commissioner, Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission

The effort is expected to grow and expand over the next several months. More information can be found online at