Gilda Z. Jacobs became League President & CEO on Jan. 3, 2011, following a long career as an elected official. She served eight years as a state senator and four years as a state representative from Huntington Woods where she made history as the first woman floor leader in either chamber of the Legislature. As senator, Jacobs was the vice chair of Campaign & Election Oversight; Families & Human Services, and Finance and also served on Economic Development & Regulatory Reform; and Health Policy. Prior to serving in the Legislature, she served as an Oakland County Commissioner from 1995 to 1998. She also is distinguished as the first woman elected to the Huntington Woods City Commission, serving from 1981 to 1994. In addition to her civic leadership, she served as Development Director for JARC, a Jewish association providing residential care for persons with developmental disabilities. She also worked as a special education teacher in the Madison School District. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she received her bachelor’s degree with a distinction in education in 1970 and a master’s degree in behavioral sciences in education.
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February 11, 2016
Whether you’re Governor Rick Snyder or Hillary Clinton, Rachel Maddow or Jimmy Fallon, Madonna or Ziggy Ansah, it’s all about Flint right now . The same is true for us here at the League. This man-made disaster has drawn the national spotlight to Michigan for all the wrong reasons. Every day another story or scandal arises. But for me, the main question is: What do we do now? Fixing the poisoning of Flint’s water will require action in every single area of public policy. It is a public health issue. It is an environmental issue. It is an infrastructure issue. It is an education issue. It is...
October 19, 2015
While much attention has been focused recently on protecting the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) , there is equally urgent action needed in Washington to save critical pieces of the federal EITC and Child Tax Credit (CTC). The federal and Michigan EITCs combine to provide much-needed support to help working families rise out of poverty, and we have to fight this battle on multiple fronts in order to protect these valuable tools. Since Michigan's EITC is calculated as a percentage of the federal EITC, anything that is done at the federal level to possibly reduce or eliminate the...