Julie Rogers – KCDP Democrat of the Month, July 2018
Julie Rogers is serving in her third term as Kalamazoo County Commissioner of the 5th District, which includes Alamo Township, part of Oshtemo Township, and part of Kalamazoo Township. She enjoys serving the people of Kalamazoo County and holds quarterly community coffees to gather citizen input. She is a KCDP member because she holds the values of fairness, equity, environmental stewardship, and inclusion.
She was reappointed as liaison to the County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board, Economic Development Corporation, Workforce Development Board, and the Board Appointments Committee. Julie is serving in her 4th term on the National Association of Counties Health Policy Steering Committee and was newly appointed to the Kalamazoo County Public Arts Commission.
This year, Julie was honored to be chosen as one of 23 county leaders nationwide to attend the prestigious County Leadership Institute (CLI) training hosted at the National Association of Counties (NACo) headquarters in Washington, D.C. She learned leadership best practices taught by facilitators from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Equally important, she met County Commissioners from other states who face some of the same challenges we have in Kalamazoo.
Additionally, Julie recently co-authored a MacArthur Foundation grant with Kalamazoo County and the City of Kalamazoo to reduce the number of young adults in our jail. Kalamazoo was one of only 5 counties chosen nationally for this work. She looks forward to collaborating with Sheriff Fuller, Prosecutor Getting, our Courts, KDPS, and Mayor Hopewell.
Lastly, Julie was one of 25 women chosen nationally for the Women in Government Class of 2019. This program matches mentors and mentees to ensure that young women are given the resources and mentorship they need in order to achieve their goals.