Black Leadership Advisory Council

The Black Leadership Advisory Council was created by Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-163 as an advisory body in the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. 
The Black Leadership Advisory Council will act in an advisory capacity to the governor and develop, review, and recommend policies and actions designed to eradicate and prevent discrimination and racial inequity in Michigan. To accomplish this goal, the Council is charged with:  
  • Identifying state laws, or gaps in state law, that create or perpetuate inequities, with the goal of promoting economic growth and wealth equity for the Black community.
  • Collaborating with the governor’s office and the Black community to promote legislation and regulation that ensures equitable treatment of all Michiganders, and seeks to remedy structural inequities in this state. 
  • Serving as a resource for community groups on issues, programs, sources of funding, and compliance requirements within state government in order to benefit and advance the interests of the Black community. 
  • Promoting the cultural arts within the Black community through coordinated efforts, advocacy, and collaboration with state government. 
  • Providing other information or advice or taking other actions as requested by the governor.  
The Council will consist of the director of LEO, or the director's designee, and 16 individuals appointed by the governor representing Black leadership in various fields, such as economics, law, public policy, education, health and wellness, technology, the environment (including environmental justice) and agriculture, community safety and preparedness, arts and culture, and media and communications. At least one member of the Council must be an immigrant or individual with expertise in immigration policy, and at least one member must be between the ages of 18–35. After the intial appointments, members will serve 3-year terms. 


The Governor's office is now accepting applications for the Black Leadership Advisory Council. Please apply here and select "Black Leadership Advisory Council" from the board drop-down menu under the Appointment Information tab. If you have any questions, please contact the Appointments Divison at Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.