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.

Rachael Eubanks
Board Chair
State Treasurer

Paul C. Ajegba
Board Member
Director
Michigan Department of Transportation

Jennifer Grau
Board Member
President
Grau Interpersonal Communication

Regina Bell
Board Member
Program Officer
Kellogg Foundation

Carl English
Board Member

Deb Muchmore
Board Member
Owner
Deb Muchmore Consulting

Robert Gordon
Board Member
Director
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Tyrone Hamilton
Resident Member
Owner
Hamilton Productions


Board Member Biographies

 

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.


Rachael Eubanks

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.​​​


Paul Ajegba

Paul C. Ajegba
Appointed by Governor Whitmer | Term: Febuary 22, 2019 - expires at the pleasure of the Governor

Paul C. Ajegba has 28 years of experience with the Michigan Department of Transportation and was appointed as director on Jan. 1, 2019. He previously served for three months as Metro Region engineer and before that as University Region engineer. During his seven years in the University Region, Ajegba oversaw his team's involvement in the planning, design and construction of several major projects, including the US-23 Flex Route - a project nominated for the America's Transportation Award, landing among the top 12 national finalists. Other notable projects include the I-94 rehabilitation project in Ann Arbor/Jackson, the I-96/US-23 interchange, and the I-75 freeway project.

Ajegba holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in construction engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan.


Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon
Appointed by Governor Whitmer | Term: Febuary 15, 2019 - expires at the pleasure of the Governor

Robert Gordon serves as the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where he oversees Medicaid programs, Children’s Protective Services, food assistance and many other statewide health and human services programs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed him to the position effective Jan. 14, 2019.

Director Gordon has a distinguished career in public service that includes positions in the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of finance and global strategy for the College Board, a nonprofit organization that helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college.

Director Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University. He has two children.