NEXT MEETING: Mon. July 10 featuring Abdul El-Sayed and Haley Stevens!

Submitted by BB Dems on Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:52am

Join us Monday July 10, 2017 for our next meeting of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic club. We will host Abdul El-Sayed, Democratic candidate for Governor and Haley Stevens, Democratic candidate for congress in the 11th Congressional District.

We'll be meeting at 7:00pm at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd. in Bloomfield Hills.

Abdul El-Sayed is the former health commissioner for the City of Detroit. Abdul has a medical degree from Columbia University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he earned doctorate in public health. He is a native Michigander who grew up in Metro Detroit.

Abdul left his position as an assistant professor in Columbia University’s Department of Epidemiology to return to Michigan. Abdul became the youngest health official in a major American city when Mayor Mike Duggan appointed Abdul to rebuild Detroit's Health Department after it was privatized during the city's bankruptcy. As Health Commissioner, he was responsible for the health and safety of over 670,000 Detroiters. Abdul worked tirelessly to ensure government accountability and transparency, promote health, and reduce cross-generational poverty.

Abdul launched his gubernatorial campaign after witnessing the systematic failures in Flint and across the state. He was the first candidate to release a comprehensive policy platform with a bold, progressive agenda focused on Michigan’s future.

Abdul lives in Detroit with his wife, Sarah, a mental health doctor. He loves water sports, working out, good biographies, coffee, and Michigan sports.

Haley Stevens has dedicated her career to saving and growing good-paying jobs in Michigan.   During the Great Recession, Haley served as chief of staff on the Auto Task Force inside of the U.S. Treasury Department, the team responsible for returning the auto industry to financial stability and saving 211,000 Michigan jobs.

Most recently she led a national workforce development program and created the country’s first online training program for digital manufacturing, which is already changing lives.  She has led innovation programs across the country, helping small and medium sized manufacturers grow. Haley is a frequent speaker on job creation by way of harnessing new technology.  She launched a STEM education program which has exposed over 200 middle and high school students to digital manufacturing concepts and processes with hands-on teaching.

Earlier in her career, Haley played a key role in setting up two federal offices critical in creating new Michigan jobs: The Office of Recovery for Automotive Communities and Workers and the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy. She also served as a policy advisor in the Economic Development Administration, where she helped create advanced manufacturing job opportunities located around southeastern Michigan.

Haley was born and raised in Oakland County where she graduated from Seaholm High School.  She earned a master’s degree in social policy and philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University.