Whitmer names new Michigan Women’s Commission chief 

    Ken Coleman

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer named her former campaign adviser as the new executive director of the Michigan Women’s Commission.

    Cheryl Bergman

    Cheryl Bergman of East Lansing previously was the senior adviser for Whitmer’s gubernatorial campaign, and now will head the Michigan’s Women’s Commission. 

    “When women in Michigan thrive, all Michiganders thrive. We must continue to work towards Michigan becoming a model state for equality,” Whitmer said in a press release Wednesday. “The Michigan Women’s Commission addresses critical problems that women face every day while enabling women to develop skills and recognize their accomplishments and contributions towards our state. I’m confident that Cheryl has the experience and vision to lead this commission.”  

    Bergman also is the owner of Bergman Inc., an East Lansing-based fundraising firm. Her clients have included former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and the Children’s Trust Fund. 

    “I’m honored and thrilled to promote and celebrate the women of Michigan,” Bergman said. “I’m dedicated to engaging in discussions with women all across our state about how they’re able to fully participate in Governor Whitmer’s vision for Michigan’s economy and way of life.”

    The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.


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