Michigan State Housing Development Authority
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.
Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
Michigan Department of Treasury
Grau Interpersonal Communication
Director of Government Relations and Public Policy
The Council of Michigan Foundations
Deb Muchmore Consulting
Michigan Strategic Fund
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appointed by Governor Whitmer | Term: March 11,2020 - expires at the pleasure of the Governor
As transitional CEO, Mark A. Burton is charged with implementing and executing MEDC’s core mission of advocating for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus of building a strong and vibrant Michigan economy.
Burton is one of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s longest-serving and most trusted advisors serving as her Chief Strategist, playing an instrumental role in shaping her agenda to close the skills gap, provide every Michigander with a path to a good paying job and to improve the state’s core infrastructure. His background also includes various positions within the state Legislature and the Department of Transportation.
Outside of state government, Burton worked with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation; founded and led a management consulting and communications firm; and served as Executive Director of the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education, which represents the interests of school districts in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
Burton received his Bachelor of Science from Northern Michigan University, his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, and is a graduate of Oxford University’s International Human Rights Law program.
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.