Tiffany D. Tilley
Tiffany D. Tilley, Secretary
D-Southfield, Term Expires 1/1/2027
Tiffany D. Tilley, MBA, is a native Detroiter, Realtor®, entrepreneur, consultant and writer. Her professional background includes teaching, real estate development, elections, government relations, project management, marketing/public relations, communications, event planning, journalism, business, non-profits, and politics.
In 2018, she was named the Coalition Director for the Southfield Community Anti-Drug Coalition by the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC). The Coalition is a community led organization. Tilley leads the charge in substance abuse prevention and awareness in Southfield geared toward youth and young adults.
Tilley fell in love with real estate at 10 years old, when she was able to walk into a house, and accurately tell how much the current market value was. Today, a Realtor®, she has had numerous mentors, on many levels of real estate throughout the years, has attended Rich Dad Poor Dad investment trainings, and continues to cultivate her craft through ongoing investment trainings.
Experienced in multiple facets of real estate transactions, Tilley has know-how with buyers, sellers, leasing, and investor to investor sales, for both residential and commercial. She has served as a Project Manager, and assisted the Diggs Group with governmental relations, as well as asset management. In this position she gave the company financial recommendations on multi-million properties and assisted with payroll for the Little Caesar’s Stadium. She also, represented the largest affordable houser in Michigan, and although facing opposition, was able to successfully lobby the Pontiac Mayor’s Office and City Council to fully support and unanimously pass Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) for two of MHT’s communities. This showed buy in, and support from the City which enabled the door to be opened for the company to receive 9.9 million to renovate two of their communities.
As a proponent for diversity, she was appointed as the Great Lakes Regional Director for the Young Democrats of America (YDA) Jewish Caucus in 2007. A friend to Israel she traveled the country in 2005 and was invited to the Knesset as a guest. In September 2007, Tilley was awarded the 2007 "Social Justice Award" by the Midtown Dems for her ongoing work through P.A.T.C.H.E.S. Inc. and organizing efforts against Proposal 2. As an activist Tilley has also lobbied in Washington, DC; marched on Jena, Louisiana; Central Michigan University; Lansing, Michigan, drug-infested homes; and has fought against racial discrimination in gas stations and other businesses. Tilley also did extensive work as a Field Director for Michigan United, on the Raise the Wage Campaign, as well as fighting to save Affirmative Action in the State of Michigan through the Detroit Parent Network in Partnership with One United Michigan. She served as an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer for both the Detroit Parent Network, and the Arab American National Museum.
Prior executive roles have included, Communications Director of the Central Business District (formerly Detroit Downtown Inc.); and Director of Corporate, Community and Governmental Relations for CTN (Christian Television Network). Other professional roles have included Appointee for former Detroit City Clerk Jackie L. Currie; Community and Governmental Liaison for Wayne County Clerk Cathy M. Garrett; Instructor at Wayne State University in NASA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program; Science, Engineering, Math and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) and a Substitute Teacher in more than 15 schools throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Tilley also has done promotions and marketing for Phillip Morris, Dunkin Donuts, Thermo Shield of MI, Park West Foundation’s Michigan Blue Babies, numerous political figures and small businesses.
Exuding leadership, her additional past and present community roles include, Corresponding Secretary & Political Director of the 14th Congressional District, Corresponding Secretary of the Southfield Lathrup Village Dems Club, Vice President for UNA/USA Greater Detroit Chapter (United Nations Association), Co-Vice Chair of UNA/USA MI Chapter Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC), Chair of International Advocacy UNA/USA YPIC, Senior Advisor for Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Michigan Millennials, Great Lakes Regional Director of the Jewish Caucus for YDA, Ambassador Council Member for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, NAACP Young Adult Committee, Classical Roots Steering Committee Member for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and former Advisory Board Member for the Healthy Teens Clinic. She was nominated and selected to become an honoree for the 2010 and 2012 editions of “Who’s Who” in Black Detroit.
She attended the University of Michigan from 2002-2005, studying Corporate Communications. She holds a dual B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Communications from Rochester College. Tilley has a MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy in which she studied in three other countries. During her international travel and study abroad experiences, she obtained business mentoring, as well as studied different cultural, business, political and social frameworks. Various countries of travel include Israel 2005 (The Knesset); Brazil 2013 (Ernst & Young, ThyssenKrupp, and the Brazilian Development Bank); China 2013 (Ericsson), Italy 2014 (Ernst & Young, and The Italian National Bank); Costa Rica 2018 Alumni/Mentor (CINDE). Currently, on hiatus from Norwich University, she is completing a Master’s in International Relations with a Concentration in International Development.