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Rhonda Welburn


Commissioner Rhonda Welburn (I) of Detroit was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in April 2023.

Ms. Welburn is a retired member of Dickinson Wright, PLLC, where she began practicing of law in 1995. Her primary practice areas were public finance and municipal law, but she is also experienced in the areas of banking and financial services, real estate and education law. During her 25-year legal career, she was consistently ranked by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America®, Michigan Super Lawyers and recognized as a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine. Before joining Dickinson Wright, Ms. Welburn had a distinguished 13-year career at General Motors, beginning her automotive career as a mathematician developing computer-aided design technology and ultimately serving in a managerial position at GM’s financial staff.  

Ms. Welburn serves on the board of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, and the DMC Foundation. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. She earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Welburn's commission will expire on Dec. 21, 2025.