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Sheila Cockrel

In 2012, Sheila Cockrel along with Wayne State University’s President Emeritus, Dr. Irvin Reid, founded the civic engagement initiative CitizenDetroit. Its mission is to provide factual, non-partisan information so that citizens can makes informed decisions about public policies and candidates running for office.

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.