[Extensions of Remarks]
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IN RECOGNITION OF CYNTHIA WILBANKS' SERVICE AND ACTIVISM ON BEHALF OF
THE SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN COMMUNITY
HON. DEBBIE DINGELL
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Mrs. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Cynthia
Wilbanks, the University of Michigan's Vice President for Government
Relations, for receiving the United Way of Washtenaw County's 2017
Woman of the Year Award. Ms. Wilbanks has served Washtenaw County and
southeast Michigan with distinction through her involvement in
nonprofit and community organizations.
Cynthia Wilbanks has been an effective advocate and leader in
southeast Michigan through her work at the University of Michigan and
on behalf of the community. While serving as the University's Vice
President of Government Relations, Ms. Wilbanks has championed
initiatives to strengthen the University community and coordinate the
University's policies and responses to federal, state and local
legislation. In addition, Ms. Wilbanks serves on the boards of
directors of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Riverside
Arts Center Foundation, Center for Michigan, and Ann Arbor SPARK, a
startup and business incubator. She is also an active member of United
Way and served as the University of Michigan United Way's Campaign
Chair for four straight years.
Ms. Wilbanks has also distinguished herself through her outstanding
record of public service. She has served on the staff of several U.S.
Representatives, including working as Rep. Carl Pursell's district
director from 1979 through 1992. During her time as a public servant,
Ms. Wilbanks was a tireless advocate who fought for policies to benefit
southeast Michigan and its residents. Her record of achievement has
helped make Michigan a great place to live and work.
Ms. Wilbanks' leadership and hard work have been critical to the
growth and success of the University of Michigan as well as the greater
southeast Michigan community. As a result of her efforts, Ms. Wilbanks
was named one of the 100 most influential women in Metro Detroit by
Crain's Detroit Business in 2002 and has also received the Girl Scouts
of the Huron Valley Council's Women of Distinction Award. These
accolades, in addition to being named Woman of the Year, are a
testament to Ms. Wilbanks' record of success and continued activism in
the community. It is my hope that Ms. Wilbanks continues to build on
these accomplishments in the coming years.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Cynthia
Wilbanks and her tremendous work on behalf of the University of
Michigan and the community at large. She has distinguished herself
through her outstanding professional and volunteer efforts.