Laurel Abraham (R), Kent:
Laurel serves as the Director of Development for the Liberty Justice Center, a nonprofit litigation firm that increases economic liberty. Laurel also teaches as an adjunct professor at Muskegon Community College. Laurel built a career leading development efforts at nonprofits. She holds a master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University and sits on the board of the Grand Rapids chapter of America’s Future Foundation.
Micah Babcock (D), Ingham:
Micah is the Director of Government Operations for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). Prior to his work at SBAM Micah served as the Manager of Fundraising Operations for the Michigan House Democratic Fund. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hesperian Building Association as well as an appointee of Governor Gretchen Whitmer on the 2020 United States Census Complete Count Committee.
Amanda Brand (R), Kent:
Amanda currently works at MINDSCAPE, their family business, where she is responsible for business development. Amanda holds an A.S. in Radiologic Technology from Grand Rapids Community College, a B.S. in Education from Ferris State University, and an MBA from Northwood DeVos School of Business. She serves on the board of Family Promise of Grand Rapids, is an ambassador for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, a weekly volunteer for Affinity Mentoring, and a business mentor for GROW (Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women). Amanda is also a “40 under 40 Business Leaders in Grand Rapids” alum and a former commissioner for the Kent County Housing Commission.
Garrett Brown (D), Calhoun:
Garrett is Chief of Staff to State Senator Adam Hollier (D-Detroit). He is passionate about open government, equitable urban development, and racial justice. His prior work includes service in the Michigan House of Representatives as a legislative aide and communications specialist. Garrett served six years as a city council member in Albion, Michigan. He then served two years as Mayor—the youngest person elected mayor in the city’s history. He is a former vice chair of the Calhoun County Democratic Party. Garrett holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.S. from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.
Robert Carlin (R), Shiawassee:
Bob is currently working as a Resource Manager with US Ecology and has a long resume of experience spanning 35 years in heavy manufacturing as an environmental professional. In addition to working in industry he owns and operates a 400-acre grain farm in Shiawassee County. He holds a B.S. Degree in chemistry from U of M, a State of Michigan Teachers Certification and numerous environmental certifications. Recently Bob was an instructor at Baker College where he taught Sustainable Agriculture. He is currently in his second year of his first term as Director and Third Member of Shiawasssee County Farm Bureau Board. Bob is a 2019 graduate of Farm Bureau's Political Leadership Academy.
Ponce Clay (I), Wayne:
Ponce is the Founder and Principal of The Clay Group, LLC a professional services company that specializes in delivering tailored solutions to Veteran Owned Businesses. Additionally, he is the Managing Attorney of Clay Law, PLC a solution-centric firm representing the business, real estate and civil legal matters of its clients. His most recent community and public service includes Chairman of the Detroit Board of Ethics, Director of the Wayne County Veteran Services Division and Detroit Precinct Delegate 257. He had the privilege of serving in the World’s Greatest Navy for 23 years; retiring honorably. Ponce has matriculated from the Morehouse College, Air Force Command & Staff College, and the University of Detroit Mercy Law and Business schools respectively.
Scott Czasak (R), Macomb:
Scott is a Quality Control Enumertor for the U.S. Census Bureau in Macomb County. Prior to that, he served as a Legislative Director for the Michigan State House of Representatives. He received both his Masters of Public Administration degree in Local Government Management and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oakland University. Scott is an active member of the Republican party serving as Chair for the Macomb County Republican Party as well as Chair for the Michigan Young Republicans.
Erin Gianopoulos (D), Wayne:
Erin is a retired Marine Corps officer. She served in Iraq and in Operation Enduring Freedom in the fields of administration and logistics. She has been stationed all across the United States and overseas, deploying aboard the USS Germantown and leading teams of drill instructions at Marine Corps boot camp. Erin is currently in her second year at Wayne State University Law School where she hopes to continue her service in the public interest field. She earned her BA in history from the University of Michigan in 1998. Erin serves on the Board of Directors at Habitat for Humanity Detroit and currently heads their Veteran Build initiative. She and her family are active in their Detroit neighborhood.
Joe Greene (R), Oakland:
Joe is a Legislative Aide for State Representative Schroeder in the Michigan House of Representatives. He has served in multiple roles throughout his years in the legislature, including as a Legislative Fellow in the Office of Representative Alexander. Joe graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science-Prelaw. Throughout his time in college, he served in various leadership positions in Kappa Alpha Pi Prelaw Professional Fraternity, specifically the Communications and Affairs Director and the Executive Secretary.
Bilal Hammoud (D), Wayne:
Bilal is the Public Engagement Associate for the Michigan Department of State (MDOS). He was appointed by Jocelyn Benson as the first Arab-American to work in the Executive Office; his efforts center around developing the newly formed Office of Public Engagement. Bilal is a data driven advocate and researcher in Southeast Michigan, receiving the contributor of the year award from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) for his advocacy and organizing work across the state. His Bachelor’s Degrees are from Wayne State University in Public Health and Neuropsychology. Bilal has served as the Project Manager for the City of Cheboygan leading efforts on the Michigan Main Street Project, Community Engagement Liaison with Forgotten Harvest and as the Community Development Manager with Communities First, Inc.
Mary Catherine Hannah (D), Emmet:
Mary Catherine is currently the Executive Director for two senior living properties in the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan system – The Village of Hillside and Perry Farm Village, both located in Harbor Springs. Mary Catherine is also currently on the Executive Committee for the Little Traverse Bay Housing Partnership and is serving on the Harbor Springs City Planning Commission and Re-Development Ready Communities Committee, as well as being the Co-Chair for the Harbor Springs Choice Event for Planned Parenthood. Mary Catherine’s prior career involved practicing law in Chicago, southeastern Wisconsin and northern Michigan and she is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Residential College), the General Course at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Wisconsin School of Law.
Lindsay Kronemeyer (R), Allegan:
Lindsay is a Commercial Risk Advisor and is currently employed at Gibson. She serves as the Chair of Kent County Young Republicans and is also a member of the Gerald R Ford Republican women. Additionally, she is a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee and has partnered with other members to launch an organization whose mission is to assist service members who are transitioning out of the military find meaningful employment. Lindsay had the opportunity to participate in a Political Journalism program at Georgetown, and then earned her BA in History from Southern New Hampshire University.
Ernestine Lyons (D), Wayne:
Her passion is capacity building in neighborhoods to foster business and economic development. She is currently a Councilwoman serving the city of Harper Woods. She has a master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Wayne State University. She has studied at St. Petersburg State Economics University in Russia analyzing emerging markets and developing economies. Prior to that, she studied at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Her small business, Linglobal teaches Metro Detroit children about the importance of learning a foreign language and traveling.
Jennifer Miles (R), Oakland:
Jennifer is a Lieutenant with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and is passionate about service to the community and law enforcement. She developed and has been teaching the department’s women’s self-defense program for over ten years and recently began the non-profit, Mission Oakland provides programs and services that enhance the relationship between the community and law enforcement. She was the first female operator on the Oakland County SWAT Team and is currently the Corrective Services Division, Cell Extraction Team Commander. Having a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, she strives to promote and exemplify leadership on a daily basis.
Mitchell Moore (R), Ingham:
Mitch is currently a Legislative Aide for State Representative Michael Webber. He previously worked for Representatives Jim Lilly and Daniela Garcia. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Albion College and his Master of Arts Degree in International Peace & Security from King's College London in the United Kingdom. Mitch has interned with the U.S. Department of State, working at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia (Africa). His interests revolve around international policy and completed his graduate dissertation on the Syrian Conflict.
Todd Mutchler (I), Oakland:
Todd recently became the Northville Township Manager and currently serves as both the Public Safety Director and Township Manager. Previously he served as the Public Safety Director in Canton. Todd was a founding member of the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition which brought many non-traditional partners together to work on hate/bias related issues within the community. He is involved with many associations including Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP), Southeast Michigan Association of Police Chiefs, and Wayne County Police Chiefs. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the MACP Legislative Committee. He is a graduate of class 257 of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico VA.
E’yandra Otis (D), Wayne:
E'yandra works in Community Relations for Detroit City Council member and MPLP alum Roy McCalister, Jr. He also is an elected precinct delegate. In 2019, E'yandra was the recipient of the African American Leadership Institute "Art Featherstone Precinct Delegate of the Year", Detroit Underground Hip Hop Awards "Community Leader" and the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) recipient of the "Next Generation Leadership". He has done work in the community for such organizations as Good Jobs Now (Detroit Action) and served on the housing justice committee. He also serves on the District 2 Millennial Roundtable forming board. E’yandra is a graduate from Detroit Mumford High School.
Mariah Phelps (D), Kalamazoo:
Mariah is the Legislative Director for State Representative Jim Haadsma. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Albion College and her Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Chicago. Prior to working in the Michigan Legislature, Mariah worked with the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. She is the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award, the Michael M. Dively Endowment for Leadership and Service, the Sharon “Zo” Gates Rees Fellowship for Women in Public Service, and the Outstanding Public Policy Major Award from Albion College. In her spare time, Mariah enjoys coaching soccer and playing with her two dogs.
Martha Potere (D), Wayne:
Martha currently serves as the Senior Small Business Strategy Manager of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, where she helps improve the systems, infrastructure and policies that help or hinder small business growth. She is a proud Wolverine, but even prouder Warrior, receiving her Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State University in 2014. After 5 years abroad, Martha found her professional calling at the intersection of economic and community development. She serves on her neighborhood Board, reads and enjoys motherhood in her spare time.
Anuja Rajendra (D), Washtenaw:
Anuja is a proven problem solver, an inclusive community builder, and a proud Michigander. She has a unique breadth of leadership experience in the non-profit and private sectors, as well as a socially conscious small business owner focused on improving mental and physical wellbeing in Michigan. She has served on statewide and regional appointments and delivered a TEDx talk in Detroit. She choreographed the first “Indian dance on ice” which helped the Michigan-based U.S. Olympics Ice-Dancing team win a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and she was inducted into the Michigan Indian Women’s Hall of Fame. Anuja is a double alumnae of the University of Michigan and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. Anuja was 2018 Candidate for the Michigan State Senate in the 18th District. As a newcomer to politics, she earned 26% of the vote in a highly contested four-way primary.
Zach Rich (D), Oakland:
Zach is a caseworker for Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) and formerly served as the Assistant Township Manager for Royal Oak Township and as a deputy treasurer for Oakland County. In November 2018, he was elected to the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education. Zach received his Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Affairs, International Studies, and University Honors and his Master’s Degree of Public Administration from Wayne State University. In addition to his government and political roles, Zach regularly hosts trivia shows with Sporcle Live across the Metro-Detroit area.
Madeline Watts (R), Oakland:
Madeline is a Policy Advisor for the Michigan Senate Majority Policy Office covering Insurance and Banking, Veterans Affairs, and related state budgets. Previously, she served as a Legislative Aide and Legislative Director in the Michigan House of Representatives. Madeline earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and a dual degree in Economics from Michigan State University.
Donald Whitley (D), Oakland:
Donnie is a Labor Relations Representative, employed by the Michigan Department of Civil Service Commission. He previously served on the Executive Board for UAW Local 6000, and chaired the Metro Labor Management Team, and served as on the State Wide Labor Management Team. Donnie is a United States Army Veteran with over 20-years of public service experience in various State of Michigan Departments. He has a Bachelor's of Arts in Radio/TV-Film, a Master's of Public Administration, and Graduate Certificate in Economic Development from Wayne State University. He also earned a Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Amanda Wright (R), Lapeer:
Amanda is the Chief of Staff for State Senator Kevin Daley who represents Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties. Prior to being a Chief of Staff, Amanda managed Senator Daley’s Senate Campaign, worked as State Representative Mary Whiteford’s back desk, and was a Legislative Assistant for State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in American Public Policy from Western Michigan University.