GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington was recently appointed to the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, a news release said Thursday.
Washington joins a group of community leaders meant to represent communities of all shapes and sizes and was appointed last Friday to fill a vacancy on the 19-member board.
His term will expire in the fall of 2022.
With Washington’s appointment, the League board will now have 10 elected officials serving alongside nine municipal managers.
“We are extremely pleased to have Mark join us as we work to help our communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and reform our state’s broken system for funding its municipalities,” League Board President William Wild said. “With Mark’s appointment, our board will continue to have representatives from some of our state’s largest cities working side-by-side with officials from some of our smallest communities. This diversity of thought and representation is a key tenant of our organization.”
Washington says he’s honored to serve on the League board and follow in the footsteps of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, who served on the board for several years, including in 2016-17 as board president.
“I’ve long embraced the importance of looking outside your organization as a means of inspiration for creative problem solving in service of our residents,” Washington said. “I’m excited to serve on the League board and contribute to our shared goal of building inclusive, community wealth in every corner of our state.”