Alisha Bell | Vice President
Alisha Bell is the youngest African-American woman to serve as a County Commissioner in the nation. Commissioner Bell was elected to the Wayne County Commission in November of 2002. Commissioner Bell is the Chair of the Committee on Health & Human Services and the Women in Government and Business Committee and member of the Committee on Economic Development and Committee on Ways and Means.
As an active member of the community, Commissioner Bell serves on the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, the Salvation Army Southeastern Advisory Board, the Women’s Informal Network and the Detroit Recovery Project. Moreover, Commissioner Bell is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Commissioner Bell is proud to note that she initiated a resolution denouncing the practice racial profiling in Wayne County. She also introduced several local school officials to the Wayne County Reality Tour Program, which helps detour youth from criminal behavior. Recently, Commissioner secured over $1million dollars for parks in her district and introduced an ordinance that enables the Wayne County Public Health Department to establish a youth lead testing and screening program.
Commissioner Bell was born on February 21, 1969 and is a native Detroiter. She grew up in the 8th District of Wayne County. She is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University, graduating Cum Laude. She also earned a Master Degree in Educating from University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
After finishing undergraduate school, the commissioner accepted a position with Comerica Bank as an Assistant Branch Manager. She excelled in this position and was even recognized by the bank president for exemplifying excellent customer service. Later she took a sales position with Honeywell, Inc., where she exceeded her quota by 300 percent. The commissioner also held the position as Center Director of the first Sylvan Learning Center in the City of Detroit.
Throughout her professional career, Commissioner Bell has always dedicated herself to the betterment of children. She volunteered with Junior Achievement and was and Charter President of a young adult chapter of the Optimist Club International. She is a former precinct delegate.
Commissioner Alisha Bell believes that elected officials are representatives of the people, and stands committed to representing the people of District 8 and Wayne County.
She is the eldest daughter of James and Edna Bell and has a younger sister, Sonja Johnson and proud auntie to nephew Grant Johnson.
Alisha was married in November 2004 to Mr. Kranston Young and they have two children: Kranston Kardell II, and Morgan Elise.