Once One of the Nation's Youngest County Commissioners, Alisha Bell Now Leads Them
Vice Chair, County Commission, Wayne County, Mich.
Much of her focus locally has been on public safety and human services. She pushed for the creation of a 50-bed diversion program to help mentally ill offenders get treatment rather than go to jail.
Nearly half of the Wayne County Board is women, and women hold major leadership positions in the area. In fact, Bell’s own mother, Edna Bell, has previously held the same commission seat. That’s something she’d like to see more of. “You hear a lot about men succeeding fathers, but you don’t hear much about daughters taking the place of their mothers,” she says. “We need more of that, because young ladies need to see more young ladies in these positions.”