Chair: Alma Wheeler Smith - Ann Arbor, Appointed January 2018; Term expires 12/31/2019

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Alma Wheeler Smith served in the Michigan Legislature for 14 years, eight in the Senate and six in the House. She served on the Appropriations Committee in both chambers. In 2001, Smith became the first African American to mount a campaign for governor on Michigan's Democratic ticket and initiated a second run in 2010.

Prior to service in the Legislature, Smith worked as a Senior Producer at the University of Michigan Television Center for 10 years and as Legislative Coordinator for State Senator Lana Pollack for eight years. 

While working and raising three children, Smith represented her community as an Ann Arbor Cablecasting Commissioner, South Lyon Community Schools Board of Education Trustee and President (8 years), and Washtenaw County Commissioner (2 years). 

Smith was appointed to the board of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan in February 2014. She currently serves as chair of the University Bank Board of Directors and is a director on the boards of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network and the Michigan Legislative Retirement System

Smith graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Journalism and completed advanced degree work in Political Science and Business Administration. She graduated from St. Thomas High School in Ann Arbor in l959.