Meet the Director - Agustin V. Arbulu

Agustin V. Arbulu


Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu brings more than 16 years of senior management experience to his position as Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). Before joining MDCR, Arbulu served as President/CEO of a post-acute care organization aimed at reducing rehospitalization and maximizing patient satisfaction. In addition, his work experience includes holding senior management/leadership positions in the manufacturing, health care and nonprofit sectors, and 15 years as a practicing attorney specializing in corporate, business and tax law. Arbulu has taught graduate-level courses on organizational leadership, change management, finance and strategy.

For more than 30 years, Arbulu has been involved in a variety of civic and community organizations. He was President and Founder of the Hispanic Bar of Michigan and the Hispanic Business Alliance, and has served on a number of boards including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Leadership Detroit and the Lyric Chamber Ensemble. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph-Oakland Hospital, which is part of Trinity Health System. 

Arbulu earned an executive doctorate degree in management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He also holds two MBAs – the first from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the second from Lawrence Technological University – as well as a juris doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law and an LLM in Taxation from New York University Law School.

Arbulu was appointed to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission by Governor Rick Snyder in January of 2013 and held the office of Secretary until he left the Commission in October of 2015.