Charity R. Dean, Detroit

Charity Dean, commissioner, Michigan's Womens commission

Charity Dean is the President and CEO of the Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance (MDBBA). The MDBBA serves as Black Chamber of Commerce serving Black businesses in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County. Charity is the former Director of Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity for the City of Detroit where she was responsible for investigating civil rights violations in the city of Detroit and also oversaw compliance for major

She currently serves as the President of the Grandmont Community Association and as an advisory committee member of the Detroit Women's Leadership Network and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Charity Dean was also a fellow with the Michigan Political Leadership Program and is currently a member of the Wolverine Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. In 2019, Charity was appointed by Governor Whitmer to the Michigan Women's Commission.  She also serves on Oakland University Alumni Association Board and on the board of Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan. Charity was named Crain's Detroit 40 under 40 in 2020 for her role in leading the City of Detroit's small business response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charity earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Oakland University and her juris doctorate from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law. A lifelong Detroiter, Charity lives in the city with her husband Erik Dean and her children Elijah and Lauren.