Authority Board Members

The Authority Board generally meets once a month in Lansing. The members provide policy direction to the MSHDA staff, authorize bond issues, approve development loan commitments, and evaluate programs.

Five of the board members are appointed by the Governor, with confirmation by the State Senate, for terms of four years. The remaining members are directors of state departments.

Jeff Donofrio
Board Chair
Director
Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Rachael Eubanks
Board Member
State Treasurer
Michigan Department of Treasury

Jennifer Grau
Board Member
President
Grau Interpersonal Communication

Regina Bell
Board Member
Director of Government Relations and Public Policy
The Council of Michigan Foundations

Carl English
Board Member

Deb Muchmore
Board Member
Owner
Deb Muchmore Consulting

Jeff Mason
Board Member
President
Michigan Strategic Fund

Tyrone Hamilton
Resident Member
Owner
Hamilton Productions


Board Member Biographies

Rachael Eubanks

Jeff Donofrio
Appointed by Governor Whitmer | Term: August 11, 2019 - expires at the pleasure of the Governor

Jeff Donofrio, director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, is charged with coordinating and streamlining the state's workforce and economic development programs to meet business and labor needs and grow communities where all Michiganders have equal opportunities to reach their fullest potential. Donofrio brings a wealth of experience and proven success in policy, government and workforce development.
Previously he served as the Executive Director of Workforce Development for the City of Detroit where he oversaw the City’s workforce system and was charged with development and implementation of strategies to increase residential employment and household income and improve the economic competitiveness of Michigan’s largest community.

Before joining Mayor Duggan’s staff, Donofrio served as an executive at Ford Motor Company based in Washington, DC. Donofrio also served as District Director for Congressman Sandy Levin and Congressman John D. Dingell and Transportation Policy Advisor to Governor Jennifer Granholm. He grew up working in his family’s bar, restaurant and bowling alley, located in Lincoln Park, MI, that was opened by his Great-Grandparents in the 1920s.

Donofrio serves on the boards of the US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation, Detroit Drives Degrees and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In 2018, he was appointed to Gov. Whitmer’s transition team as Special Advisor for Jobs and Economic Development and was named to Crain’s 40 under 40 class.

Jeff earned his MBA from Georgetown University and BA in Public Policy and Secondary Education from Michigan State University.


Carl English

Carl English
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: April 18, 2014 – March 10, 2022

Carl English is retired as the vice chairman of American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric companies in the U.S., with operations in 11 states. He previously served as chief operating officer of American Electric Power; president of AEP Utilities and chief executive officer of Consumers Energy’s Natural Gas Operations. 

Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Michigan State University. He serves as a Republican member of the Authority board. 


Tyrone Hamilton

Tyrone Hamilton
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: October 2, 2013 – March 10, 2022

Tyrone Hamilton is the owner of Hamilton Productions, where he works as a disc jockey, singer and keyboard player. Tyrone also provides musical therapy in nursing homes. 

Tyrone serves as the board resident member as required by MSHDA’s Act. 


Deb Muchmore

Deb Muchmore
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: April 18, 2014 – March 10, 2022

Deb Muchmore is the owner of Deb Muchmore Consulting, an independent  specialized strategies, communications and government affairs practice. With more than 31 years of experience, she brings a positive, thoughtful, practical, principled and business-like approach to leadership coaching, solving PR, policy and crises issues, and setting organizations on a course to be forces for good.

Deb is an author for several business publications on a range of topics that include energy, natural resources, education and economic development, tax policy and others.

Deb is a Michigan State University alumnae, receiving her bachelor’s degree in advertising. She serves as an Independent member of the Authority board.


Jennifer (Jennie) Grau
Appointed by Governor Snyder | Term: December 17, 2018 – March 10, 2019

Jennie is president of Grau Interpersonal Communication, and whose clients include Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government entities. Her work has been noted in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report and Lansing State Journal. In 2011, she received the International Listening Association’s Listening in the Business Sector Award and in 2016 was inducted into the Listening Hall of Fame. Jennie earned a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in organizational communication from Michigan State University. She also is a Certified Listening Professional (CLP). Ms. Grau serves as a Democrat member of the Authority board.

 


Jeff Mason
Appointed by Governor Whitmer | Term:August 11, 2019 - expires at the pleasure of the Governor

As CEO, Jeff Mason is charged with implementing and executing MEDC’s core mission of business development and attraction, community development, providing access to capital and improving Michigan’s image and brand.

From 2009 to 2017 Jeff was the Executive Director of Michigan’s University Research Corridor.  Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and held various roles on the Travel Michigan team.

Jeff received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University.


Robert Gordon

Rachael Eubanks
Appointed by Governor Whitmer | Term: January 1,2019 - expires at the pleasure of the Governor

Rachael Eubanks was appointed as Michigan's 47th State Treasurer by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in January of 2019.

Treasurer Eubanks was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2016 (and was reappointed in 2017)​ to serve on the Michigan Public Service Commission as a utility regulatory commissioner. Prior to that role, Treasurer Eubanks structured more than $25 billion in bond financings for public entities–primarily the state of Michigan, State Building Authority, Michigan Finance Authority and the Michigan Strategic Fund. Treasurer ​Eubanks also served as point of contact for credit rating agencies on state credit matters for 10 years.

Eubanks obtained her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan.​​​