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File #: 20-1787    Version: 1 Name: Proclamation honoring Cynthia Wilbanks
Type: Proclamation Status: Filed
File created: 12/7/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 12/7/2020 Final action: 12/7/2020
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Proclamation honoring Cynthia Wilbanks
Attachments: 1. Cynthia Wilbanks Final Version.pdf
Proclamation honoring Cynthia Wilbanks
Honoring Cynthia H. Wilbanks
December 7, 2020

WHEREAS, Cynthia Wilbanks, as Vice President of Government Relations, has directed the University of Michigan's Government Relations programs at the local, state and federal levels since 1998; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Wilbanks has been a long-time resident of Washtenaw County, and received her Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, in Political Science and a Secondary Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Wilbanks has worked closely with the administrations of three Ann Arbor Mayors, numerous councilmembers and senior staff to further the critical relationship between the City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Wilbanks also serves the University as a special advisor to the president on economic development and growth as well as non-research based external economic development activities. In addition, she has served in several interim roles, as Interim Vice President for Communications in 2007, and as Interim Vice President for Development in 2002-2003; and

WHEREAS, Other University responsibilities Ms. Wilbanks has been involved with include Bentley Historical Library Executive Committee, Bicentennial Planning Committee, Ginsberg Center Board, Residency Appeals Committee, Democracy & Debate 2020 Committee and Chair of the COVID-19 Lead Team; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Wilbanks has broad experience in government service as district director for U.S. Congressman Carl D. Pursell from 1979- 92, Washtenaw County field representative for Pursell from 1977-79, and staff assistant for U.S. Congressman Marvin Esch from 1973-76. She also was a candidate for U.S. Congress from Michigan's 13th District in 1994; and

WHEREAS, She is a member of a number of community and civic organizations, including serving on the boards of directors of the American Center for Mobility, Bank of Ann Arbor, Center for Michig...

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