Shanelle Jackson

2003 Young Alumnus of the Year


Shanelle Jackson has served as a Michigan State Representative for District 9 since 2006. With her election success came the honor of being the youngest woman of color to serve in Michigan’s House.

Shanelle has authored numerous bills since taking office, one which allowed for the creation of the regional authority governing Cobo Hall. Without Shanelle’s work and lobbying, the improvements to Cobo Hall would not have been made, which would have meant Detroit’s loss of the North American International Auto Show.

For her work in the legislature, she also has been recognized as the 2007 New Citizen’s Press, “Best, Brightest and Most Beautiful”, and in 2010 was listed in Crain’s Detroit Business “20 In Their 20's”. Nationally, she has been asked twice to represent Michigan’s Young Elected Officials Network at the White House.