Alisha Bell (Dist. 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 bachelorâ€™s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University, graduating cum laude. She also earned a masterâ€™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