Chair: Stacie Clayton (I), Detroit - Appointed January 2018; Term expires 12/31/2021
Stacie Clayton, currently serving her second term as the Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is the Director of Community Affairs for Wayne State University. The Community Affairs Office serves as the primary contact for individuals, business and community organizations, and local municipalities that seek involvement with the University. Stacie promotes the urban mission of the University by strengthening, developing and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. This includes strategically extending University resources to the community so that Wayne State continues to have a significant impact on the cultural, economic and social life of southeastern Michigan.
With over 30 years of external affairs experience, Stacie has held a variety of positions with Michigan's government, corporate and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Wayne State, Stacie was the Director of Administration and Special Projects for the Detroit City Council President. Previously, she was Vice President of Government and Community Affairs for Detroit Renewable Energy where she led the company's government and community engagement efforts.
In her role as Assistant Director of the Governor's Office of Urban Initiatives, Stacie managed office operations and advised decision-makers and stakeholders on policy and other matters to strengthen the safety and economic well-being of Michigan's urban centers. Stacie also had positions in the City of Detroit Mayor's Office and Clerk's Office. One of her proudest roles was serving as the Vice President of External Relations for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee where she was responsible for ensuring the NFL and its vendors provided meaningful financial opportunities to local minority and woman-owned businesses.
Throughout her career, Stacie has been a passionate and effective advocate of intergroup bridge building and outreach. She resides in Detroit, is a graduate of Renaissance High School, and holds two degrees from Wayne State University where she received a BA in political science and a Master of Business Administration.