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Alisha Bell (Dist. 7)

Biography of Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell

Alisha Bell is Chair of the Wayne County Commission. She was first elected to the Commission in November 2002 as the youngest African-American woman to serve on a county commission in the country, and is serving her ninth two-year term. She also served for nine months in 2000, succeeding her mother, who had served since 1991. In 2016, she was elected president of the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO).

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

On a national level, Commissioner Bell is very active with the National Association of Counties (NACo) where she has been on the board. She is Immediate Past President of the National Association of Black County Officials, Past President of Women of NACo and Secretary of NextGen NACo.

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

Commissioner Bell grew up in the Wayne County Commission's 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side. 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.

She and her husband, Kranston Young, have a son, Kranston II, and a daughter, Morgan. She is the daughter of James and Edna Bell and has a younger sister, Sonja Johnson.

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

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Wayne County Commission elects Alisha Bell as chair.
Wayne County Commission elects Alisha Bell as chair.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
The Wayne County Commission elected Alisha Bell on Jan. 8, 2019, as the ninth chair under the current Wayne County Charter.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2018 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2018 newsletter
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2017 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2017 newsletter
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2017 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2017 newsletter
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell elected president of NABCO
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell elected president of NABCO
Monday, August 08, 2016
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 posi ...
Commission recognizes teen's artistic accomplishments
Commission recognizes teen's artistic accomplishments
Thursday, July 28, 2016
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.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2016 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2016 newsletter
Friday, July 01, 2016
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2016 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2016 newsletter
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Young ladies receive free prom dresses, accessories at ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' April 9
Young ladies receive free prom dresses, accessories at ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' April 9
Thursday, April 14, 2016
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.
Ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' event allows girls to select free prom dresses, accessories
Ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' event allows girls to select free prom dresses, accessories
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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 ...
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell selected to attend national conference in Washington
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell selected to attend national conference in Washington
Monday, December 07, 2015
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.
Commission votes unanimously to support initiative to reduce number of mentally ill inmates in jails
Commission votes unanimously to support initiative to reduce number of mentally ill inmates in jails
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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 lod ...
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2015 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2015 newsletter
Friday, October 02, 2015
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2015 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2015 newsletter
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Bell chosen to National Association of Counties leadership positions
Commission Vice-Chair Bell chosen to National Association of Counties leadership positions
Friday, July 17, 2015
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.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell a select attendee at NACo leadership meeting
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell a select attendee at NACo leadership meeting
Friday, June 12, 2015
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.
6th Annual Prom Dress Donation Program
6th Annual Prom Dress Donation Program
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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.