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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


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


Melanie Piana Steps Down as League President to Run for Ferndale Mayor


ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Ferndale City Councilmember Melanie Piana has stepped down as President of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees to run for Mayor in the City of Ferndale.

Piana has served as League President since September. Current League Vice President Brenda Moore, Saginaw Mayor Pro Tem, will complete the remaining 2 1/2 months of Piana’s term as President. To run for mayor, Piana also resigned her seat on the Ferndale City Council Monday. 

“Melanie has been an outstanding President leading us on a number of initiatives, including establishing standards of excellence for the board and raising the League’s awareness in the area of equity and inclusion,” said Dan Gilmartin, League CEO and Executive Director. “We wish her well in her continued efforts to serve the community.”

Piana thanked her fellow board members and League members for allowing her to serve as the organization’s president.

“It’s been an honor to serve as president for the board and I look forward to continuing to work with the League as mayor in the future,” Piana said.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, the League’s 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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