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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Shanna Draheim Joins Michigan Municipal League


LANSING, Mich. ― Shanna Draheim recently joined the Michigan Municipal League as the director of policy development.

In this role, she oversees special research initiatives and projects related to the strategic goals of the League. She also collaborates with members and other stakeholders to identify research needs and policy recommendations. Draheim, who started with the League Aug. 30, brings significant expertise in community development, urban policy, sustainability and environmental protection, economic development, and clean energy policies.

“We are very excited to have Shanna as part of our team,” said League CEO and executive director Dan Gilmartin. “We’ve worked with Shanna in her previous role and we were extremely impressed with her skills and knowledge in not only research, but also in the area of placemaking and belief in our cities as economic drivers for our state.” 

Prior to joining the League, Draheim was a senior consultant with Public Sector Consultants, where she conducted research and managed projects for the firm and its clients on a wide range of public policy subjects. She also served as the head of Shepherd Advisors' Community Sustainability practice area for several years, and spent over a decade in federal and state posts.

With the State of Michigan’s Great Lakes programs, she led efforts to develop and implement management plans and restoration criteria for historically contaminated waterways. At the federal level, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation, managing environmental grant programs, developing watershed and wetland protection programs, and reviewing federal energy projects for compliance with environmental regulations. 

Draheim has also served as an elected member of the East Lansing City Council since 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in Environmental Planning from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and three children.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, Michigan Municipal League media relations director, at and (734) 669-6317.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at





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