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Michigan Municipal League Foundation

Press Release


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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2018

This #GivingTuesday, Support Women Leaders

Gifts to the Michigan Municipal League Foudation remove barriers

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan residents can help increase the number of women in leadership positions in local communities through the Michigan Municipal League Foundation’s Nov. 27 #GivingTuesday campaign.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season by inspiring people to give back.

This year, the MML Foundation’s #GivingTuesday campaign supports the Michigan Municipal League’s 16/50 Project. The initiative is focused on increasing the number of women serving at the most-executive level of government in Michigan.

“Women represent just 16 percent of Michigan’s local chief administrative officers, despite making up more than half the population,” said Melanie Piana, the League’s Board president and a Ferndale council member. “Donations to the 16/50 Project are an investment in the next generation of women leaders.”

Those interested in joining the MML Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit Donors are encouraged to make gifts of $16.50, $165 or $1,650 to support training in:

  • Municipal Budgeting and Finance

  • Economic Development

  • Council-Manager Relations

Frances McMullan has three decades of experience in local government. She has served as interim city manager twice. She has a graduate degree and extensive experience and training.

Now McMullan, the Ypsilanti City Clerk, is working toward her goal of becoming a permanent city manager.

The personal coaching, networking, budgeting, and economic development training she has gotten through the 16/50 Project have prepared her to become a city manager. She encouraged others to make a gift to the campaign to support women in executive local government positions.

“Donors should consider investing in this program to advance women into the management role because this is way past due,” McMullan said. “I believe that if we can start now, if we can get investors believing in the program, we really have the potential to increase the number of women entering the field.”

The additional skills will give women the extra boost they need, she added.

“It’s like saying, ‘Welcome. We want you here.’ It says that you believe in us. You’re willing to invest in us. You trust the future of our government.”

Women around the state can benefit from additional training from current municipal managers so they can build confidence and be truly ready for leadership roles, said Summer Minnick, the League’s deputy executive director and chief membership officer.

“Together, we can provide highly qualified women executives—and those who seek to become them—with the content, tools, and opportunities that can help serve their specific needs,” Minnick said.

The Michigan Municipal League Foundation helps create and maintain vibrant communities in Michigan by funding placemaking projects and educating community leaders and advocates. We recognize that communities are economic drivers, so the Foundation plays a key role in connecting communities to opportunities to help them grow and thrive.

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and

About the League: 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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