Alisha Bell - District 7

Biography of Wayne County Commissioner Alisha Bell

Alisha Bell (D-Detroit) is in her fourth term as vice-chair of the Wayne County Commission. Commissioner Bell was first elected to the Wayne County Commission in November 2002 as the youngest African-American woman to serve on a county commission in the country and is serving her eighth two-year term. She also served on the Commission from April to December 2000.

Commissioner Bell is vice-chair of the Committee on Ways and Means and member of the committees on Health and Human Services and Public Safety, Judiciary & Homeland Security.

As an active member of the community, Commissioner Bell serves as chair of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, the Wayne County Zoological Authority and Wayne Health Choice, and member of The Salvation Army Southeastern Advisory Board, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and Detroit Recovery Project. Moreover, Commissioner Bell is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Jack and Jill of America Inc.

Commissioner Bell is proud to note that she initiated a resolution denouncing the practice of racial profiling in Wayne County. She also introduced several local school officials to the Wayne County Reality Tour Program, which helps detour youth from criminal behavior. Commissioner Bell secured more than $1 million for parks in her district and introduced an ordinance that enabled the Wayne County Public Health Department to establish a youth lead testing and screening program.

Commissioner Bell is a native Detroiter and grew up in the 7th District of Wayne County. She is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University, graduating cum laude. She also earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Throughout her professional career, Commissioner Bell has always dedicated herself to the betterment of children. She volunteered with Junior Achievement and was founder and charter president of a young adult chapter of the Optimist Club International. She is also a former precinct delegate.

Commissioner Bell believes that elected officials are representatives of the people, and stands committed to representing the people of District 7 and Wayne County.

She is the eldest daughter of James and Edna Bell and has a sister, Sonja Johnson. Alisha is married to Kranston Young and is the proud mother of Kranston Kardell Young II and Morgan Elise Young

Representing: Detroit (part)
Staff: Beverly King (313) 224-0937, Michelle Joyner (313) 224-0936
Fax: (313) 967-1233

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News & Events

Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2017 newsletter

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Wayne County Commission
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
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Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell is honored to be elected president of NABCO

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Wayne County Commission
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell’s trip to the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition was an historic one, netting her several prominent leadership positions.
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Young ladies receive free prom dresses and Accessories at milestone “Belle of the Ball” event

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Wayne County Commission
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell proudly hosted her 10th annual “Belle of the Ball” prom dress giveaway.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2017 newsletter

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Wayne County Commission
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell elected president of NABCO

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - Commission
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell’s trip to the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition held July 22-25 in Long Beach, Calif., was an historic one, netting her several prominent leadership positions.
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Commission recognizes teen's artistic accomplishments

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - Commission
Joelle Joyner of Detroit was honored July 7 by the Wayne County Commission for a drawing that will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2016 newsletter

Friday, July 01, 2016 - Commission
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2016 newsletter

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Commission
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
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Young ladies receive free prom dresses, accessories at ninth annual “Belle of the Ball” event April 9

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - Commission
Prom night for over a hundred young ladies got a little more special April 9 at the ninth annual “Belle of the Ball” event sponsored by Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell, D-Detroit.
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Ninth annual “Belle of the Ball” event allows girls to select free prom dresses, accessories

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - Commission
Attending their high school prom is a dream of many girls, but for some it’s simply too expensive. That’s the motivation behind “Belle of the Ball,” the ninth annual prom dress event sponsored by Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell (D-Detroit).
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell selected to attend national conference in Washington

Monday, December 07, 2015 - Commission
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell, D-Detroit, was chosen as one of 25 elected officials of color to participate in the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ 2015 Roundtable, which was Dec. 6-8 in Washington, D.C.
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Commission votes unanimously to support initiative to reduce number of mentally ill inmates in jails

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission voted unanimously Oct. 15 to support a resolution introduced by Vice-Chair Alisha Bell to support the Stepping Up Initiative, which aims to reduce the number of people diagnosed with mental illnesses from being lodged in jails.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2015 newsletter

Friday, October 02, 2015 - Commission
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2015 newsletter

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Commission
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
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Commission Vice-Chair Bell chosen to National Association of Counties leadership positions

Friday, July 17, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell’s trip to the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition, held July 10-13 in Charlotte, N.C., netted her several leadership positions.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell a select attendee at NACo leadership meeting

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell, D-Detroit, recently accompanied a select group of county government leaders to Washington, D.C., and the 12th annual County Leadership Institute, a rigorous six-day program.
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Nearly 75 girls receive prom dresses, accessories at eighth annual “Belle of the Ball” event April 18

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Commission
Prospective promgoers and their families and friends were treated to quite a colorful sight April 18 at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan in Detroit.
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6th Annual Prom Dress Donation Program

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Commission District 7
Commissioner Alisha Bell will be holding her annual prom dress giveaway Saturday, April 27, at the Boys and Girls Club on the city's west side.
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Alisha Bell
District 7 Commissioner
(313) 224-0936

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