Trenda Rusher is the Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Michigan Works!
/ Workforce Development and Community Action Boards in Washtenaw County, and serves as a Washtenaw County Department Head for ETCS.
In her 28th year of administering workforce development and community action programs in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti region, Trenda is responsible for administering approximately $9 million to over 30 federal and state programs for the County including the WIA (Workforce Investment Act-Youth Employment, Dislocated Workers and Adults), Incumbent Workers, TANF-JET, Community Services/CSBG-Community Services Block Grant, Foster Grandparents, Weatherization, Emergency Services, Senior Nutrition, and Summer Food,...to name just a few.
Her two newest initiatives are the creation of "MEGA P", an innovative partnership of workforce development, economic development, education and chambers of commerce in the Washtenaw County Region and the newest development, 29 USDOL Access Points.
Trenda currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties, and is Past President of the NACO Workforce professionals affiliate NWA (National Workforce Association). She is currently Chair of the MCAAA (Michigan Community Action Agency President’s Council, and immediate past-chair of the Michigan Works President Council.
Trenda is PURE Michigan. She is a product of Detroit Public Schools, the University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University. She sits on the Governor’s Council for Labor and Economic Growth, a federal mandated council for all states as an appointee by Governor Granholm as a Workforce Development Expert.
Having grown up in the City of Detroit, and witnessing the riots of ’67, where her stepfather’s insurance company burned to ashes, and watching business and the community working together to rebuild itself to survive -- that childhood visual has made Trenda commit her life to knowing that caring for the community matters. Public-private partnerships make a difference.
This is Trenda's first time blogging. She will be writing about poverty, literacy, rethinking business/customer service and the need for better public service.
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