Kerry Ebersole Singh has been named Michigan statewide census director, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday.
Ebersole Singh has been a fixture in Democratic politics for the last 20 years, working at the national, state and local level. She is CEO of Persuasion Link LLC., a Michigan-based public affairs firm. In the last six years, she has served as the Michigan state director and senior advisor to the Energy Foundation States and Regions program.
“The 2020 census is the first step that determines federal funding for critical services in our state including, infrastructure, health care, Head Start and other education programs. This comprehensive count will require a thorough outreach effort and organization,” Whitmer said. “I have known Kerry for 20 years and am confident that she will rise to this challenge. Kerry, along with the bipartisan Complete Count Committee, will work hard towards ensuring that every single Michigander is counted and represented.”
Whitmer last month signed an executive order establishing the 63-member Census Complete Count Committee aimed at ensuring that the constitutionally mandated, once-a-decade count of people living in the United States is accurate. The governor chairs the committee and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is vice-chair.
The census became mired in controversy with the President Donald Trump administration pushing for a citizenship question, from which it ultimately backed away after a court fight.
Ebersole Singh formerly served as get out the vote director for former President Barack Obama’s campaign and as a regional director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She also has held positions in the state House.
The news release notes she’s married to Sam Singh, a former state House minority leader. The East Lansing Democrat was term-limited in 2018.