About the Michigan Women's Commission

A Voice for Michigan Women

Michigan Women's Commission 2019The 15-member Michigan Women's Commission was created by statute in 1968.  Commission duties include reviewing the status of women in Michigan, directing attention to critical problems confronting women, recommending ways of overcoming discrimination, enabling women to develop skills, conducting surveys and recognizing women's accomplishments and contributions to Michigan.  Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and serve three-year terms.


Pictured: Front row, left to right - Judge Krista Haroutunian, Joanne Dawley, Chair Chris Etienne, Deidre Lambert-Bounds, Mary Templeton.  Back row, left to right - Nicole DeMarco, Alisha Meneely, Meg Wheeler Derrer, Vice Chair Kathleen Vogelsang, Kelli Saunders, Catherine Hendrian, Barbara Land.  Not Pictured: Renee Haley, Jan Peabody Doty, Cathy Knauf.  Photo taken in January 2019.


What does this mean for Commissioners?

As a commissioner with the Michigan Women's Commission, you agree to:

  • Attend 4 all day meetings per year
  • Perform committee work between meetings (Skype/conference calls)
  • Attend speaking engagements as necessary
  • Attend events and report back to the commission
  • Solicit input from commissioners on a variety of topics

MWC Staff

Cheryl Bergman, Executive Director, Michigan Women's CommissionCheryl Bergman, of East Lansing, is the Executive Director of the Michigan Women's Commission. She is also currently the owner of Bergman, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm and a senior advisor for Whitmer for Governor. Prior to starting her own consulting business, Cheryl served as the agency relations director for the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center and as the program administrator for the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University.


Shannon Garrett, Michigan Women's CommissionShannon Garrett, of Holland, is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Michigan Women’s Commission. She is a nationally recognized trainer, strategist and leadership coach. Her firm, SMG Strategies, combines over 25 years of experience with humor, mindfulness and a no-nonsense approach to building a more active and diverse democracy. Shannon is also a co-founder and board member of Vote Run Lead, a national nonprofit training barrier-breaking women to run for political office, and a founding partner of Civicize.Me, a backyard civic leadership program. Shannon is a graduate of Alma College and University of Minnesota Law School.



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