Meet the Director
Heidi E. Washington
In May 2015, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Heidi E. Washington as the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Her appointment was effective July 1, 2015, and as director, she is responsible for overseeing the administration of Michigan’s correctional system, which includes the state’s prisons, probation and parole supervision, the Parole Board, and other administrative functions, in addition to managing a $1.9 billion budget.
Director Washington has served in a number of leadership positions during her career with the Department of Corrections.
Prior to her appointment as director, she was warden of the Charles E. Egeler Reception and Guidance Center and the Duane L. Waters Health Center.
She also held positions as warden of Robert Scott Correctional Facility and administrative assistant to the department’s executive bureau and director, where she provided oversight for the Legislative Affairs Office and represented the MDOC before the Legislature. She has additionally served as acting assistant deputy director, overseeing the 19 prison facilities in the southern region of the state, and acting operations administrator for the Correctional Facilities Administration.
She serves on the Association of State Correctional Administrators executive committee and serves as the Midwest regional representative.
In 2018, she was honored to receive the national Tom Clements Award for her vision and innovation in corrections.
During her tenure as director, the state's recidivism rate has fallem to its lowest level in state history, at 28.1 percent.
She joined the MDOC in 1998 as a legislative assistant after working in the state Legislature for several years.
Director Washington holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Michigan State University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.