About the Michigan Women's Commission

The Michigan Women's Commission was created by statute in 1968. Our duties include reviewing the status of women in Michigan, directing attention to critical problems confronting women, recommending ways of overcoming discrimination, enabling women to develop skills, making surveys and recognizing women's accomplishments and contributions to Michigan. Our 15 members, appointed by the Governor, serve three-year terms.

What does this mean for commissioners?

As a commissioner with the Michigan Women's Commission, you agree to:

  • Attend 4 all day meetings per year

  • Perform committee work between meetings (skype/conference calls – 2 or more)

  • At times, attend speaking engagements

  • Attend events and report back to the commission

  • Solicit input from commissioners on a variety of topics

What we offer/give to commissioners:

  • Advertising on our website

  • Speaking opportunities

  • Governor’s appointment

  • Mileage reimbursements

MWC Staff

Mary Engelman, Executive Director, Michigan Women's CommissionMary Engelman of Bloomfield Township serves as our Executive Director. Appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in November of 2016, Engelman most recently served as the director of government affairs and public relations for OpTech LLC. She was previously the executive director for the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the Oakland County Medical Mainstreet.  Engelman holds a bachelor of science in English from Evangel University.





Jackie Debusschere, Department Specialist - Michigan Women's CommissionJackie Debusschere is the Department Specialist for the Michigan Women’s Commission.  She brings expertise in the areas of social media management, marketing strategy and web design. As an entrepreneur, she has a passion for helping women business owners. Jackie holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from Oakland University.