MLPP President Jacobs among Women’s Hall of Fame inductees

    Gilda Jacobs

    Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) President and CEO Gilda Jacobs is among those who will be indicted into Michigan’s HERstory Women’s Hall of Fame Thursday night in Detroit.

    Jacobs, a Democratic former longtime state House member and senator from Huntington Woods, has led the nonprofit policy group since 2011. She and other staff also contribute the regular “Human Capital” column to the Advance.

    She was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit in 2016. In 2012, Jacobs participated in the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in the Nonprofit Leadership Program.

    Other inductees are Vernice Davis Anthony, former interim director of Focus: Hope and a longtime public health official, and Terry Blackhawk, founder and former executive director of the InsideOut Literary Arts Project.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.