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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