Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to Michigan Council on Future Mobility

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility.

The 21-member Council was created by PA 322 of 2016, and will be housed within the Department of Transportation.  The Council will provide the Governor and Legislature recommendations regarding changes to state policy to ensure Michigan continues to be the world leader in automated, driverless, and connected vehicle technology. The Council is tasked with submitting recommendations for statewide policy changes and updates no later than March 31, 2017, and to continue making recommendations annually thereafter, or more frequently at the Council’s discretion.

"Staying ahead of the curve in the field of mobility is key to Michigan’s future success,” Snyder said. “With these individuals lending their expertise from the field, we can be proactive in adopting new policies necessary to keep making advancements for Michigan and the world.  All of us working together will make cars smarter and safer for people globally while continuing to drive our economy forward.”

Governor’s appointees:

Steve Arwood, of St. Johns, is the CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the former head of the Department of Talent and Economic Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison College - Michigan State University. Arwood will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

Stephen Buckley, of Novi, is a senior technical fellow and senior manager in electrical engineering for FCA US LLC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. Buckley will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

David Bulkowski, of Grand Rapids, is the executive director for Disability Advocates of Kent County and also is a member of multiple local and regional transportation committees. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, a bachelor’s and master’s degree from The Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and a juris doctor from Wayne State University Law School. Bulkowski will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

Mark Davidoff, of West Bloomfield, is the Michigan managing partner for Deloitte, LLP, with more than 35 years of professional experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a master’s of management degree from Northwestern University. Davidoff will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

Eric DeLong, of Grand Rapids, is the deputy city manager for the City of Grand Rapids, and is chairperson of the Grand Valley Regional Biosolids Authority, the Grand Rapids Building Authority, and the Utility Advisory Board. He holds an associate’s degree from Lake Michigan College, a bachelor’s degree in local government administration from Central Michigan University, and a master’s of public administration from Michigan State University. DeLong will represent local government.

Ryan Eustice, of Ann Arbor, is vice president of autonomous driving for Toyota Research Institute, and an associate professor at the University of Michigan for the Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering with courtesy appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Eustice will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

Emily Frascaroli, of Grosse Ile, is counsel for Ford Motor Company and a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California, a master’s of engineering degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and a juris doctor from Wayne State University. Frascaroli will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

John James, of Farmington Hills, is president of Renaissance Global Logistics and James Group International. He previously served in the U.S. Army as platoon leader and assistant operations officer at Fort Hood in Texas, as well as an AH-64 flight platoon leader at Camp Taji and Camp Striker in Iraq. He also worked as operations and executive officer for a Lansing-based military entrance processing station. James holds a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master's degree in supply chain management from Pennsylvania State University. James will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

Amy Mass, of Howell, is vice president and counsel for The Hanover Insurance Group/Citizens Insurance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a juris doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Mass will represent insurance interests.

Jeremy McClain, of Ortonville, is the director of systems and technology for Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., with more than 14 years of experience in the automotive industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Saginaw Valley State University. McClain will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

John Peracchio, of Grosse Pointe Shores, is a managing member of Peracchio & Company, LLC., which provides consulting services to businesses and investors in the intelligent transportation systems, product, and technology space. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law. Peracchio will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

Gary Smyth, of Rochester Hills, is the executive director of Global R&D Laboratories for General Motors Company, Global Research and Development. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Smyth will represent business, policy, research, or technological leaders in future mobility.

Other voting members:

  • Kirk Steudle, Director of the Department of Transportation
  • Pat McPharlin, Director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services
  • Michael Senyko, Chief of Staff and designee of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
  • David Behen, Director of the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget
  • Col. Kriste Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police
  • Senator Mike Kowall, appointed by the Senate Majority Leader
  • Senator Rebekah Warren, appointed by the Senate Majority Leader
  • Representative Michele Hoitenga, appointed by the Speaker of the House
  • Representative Kevin Hertel, appointed by the Speaker of the House

Steudle and Peracchio will serve as co-chairs of the council.

Members appointed by the Governor will serve terms expiring at the pleasure of the Governor and are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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