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Michigan Parents' Council

The Michigan Parents’ Council was created by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order No. 2022-5 as an advisory group to more formally bring parents into the education budget process for the first time in Michigan history. The council will build on Governor Whitmer’s inclusion of the parent perspective in the most recent education budget she signed for the current 2022-2023 school year. The council represents parents from across Michigan, as well as parents of students with a variety of educational needs. The council will convene a series of regional parent roundtables to gather input.  

The Council includes appointees who represent various communities and reflect the wide range of experiences and perspectives from across the state. Appointees include parents of children in public, private, and home school learning environments, children in early childhood learning programs, and elementary, middle, and high school students. They also include parents of children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), children who speak English as a second language (ESL), and children who are in foster or kinship care. 

The Council consists of 11 members appointed by the Governor. The Council will dissolve on March 1, 2023, or such other time as the governor directs.



Executive Order No. 2022-5

Expanded membership under Section 4(e) Executive Order No. 2022-10

Current Members

Blanca J. Astua, Holland

LaQuitta Brown, Detroit 

Jennifer L. Figler, Gwinn

Cindy E. Gamboa, Detroit 

Sarah Kucher, Birch Run

Yazeed Moore, Grand Rapids

Bailey Nuss, Traverse City  

Ranya Shbeib, Bloomfield Hills

Tracey Troy, DeWitt - Chair

Rafael Turner, Grand Blanc

Monique Zantop, Jackson 

Additional Members:

Stacey Ann Sipes, designee of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Stephanie O’Dea, Governor’s K-12 policy advisor