Cockrel is also the president and chief executive officer of Crossroads Consulting, a full-service public policy and public affairs consultancy.
In her 16 years of service as a Detroit city councilmember, Cockrel provided a consistent voice of reason and earned a reputation for integrity. During her tenure she served as chair of the Budget, Finance, and Audit Standing Committee.
She is a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Warrior award from the Detroit Urban League.
Drawing on her expertise and experience in local government, she is a frequent guest lecturer and is a regular contributor on local broadcast news media public affairs programs.
Cockrel holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Master of Arts in urban planning from Wayne State University.