Director of External Relations, M-1 Light Rail
Sommer Woods is the director of external relations for M-1 Rail, a 3.3-mile light rail circulator that will strengthen the backbone of the Detroit region by downtown Detroit to Midtown to New Center/North End. Her responsibilities include workforce development, community engagement/inclusion, governmental relations and minority/Detroit based business procurement.
Woods was formerly a member of former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s administration, serving as the film, culture and special events director for the city of Detroit. In this role, she managed the city’s film-related efforts and coordinated all aspects of special events for the City Detroit, including permitting, serving as the liaison with government officials, event logistics, tactical operations and community and business outreach and engagement.
Prior to these roles, Woods’ experience in event planning, implementation and sponsorship fulfillment and activation included positions with the PGA TOUR and Super Bowl XL. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from Talladega College.