OAKLAND TOGETHER: A message from Dave Coulter, Oakland County Executive


October 20, 2021

Bi-Weekly Executive Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We’re opening the doors this week for young leaders who are making a difference, not only in their workplaces, but in their communities too.

The applications are now open for the Oakland Together 40 Under 40 Class of 2022. The program recognizes groups of men and women, under the age of 40, who are passionate about their work, committed to creativity and collaboration and dedicated to working together for a common good.

Members of past 40 Under 40 classes are leaders of business and industry, entrepreneurs bringing new ideas and concepts to light, elected officials who are leading schools and communities and the state and non-profit directors who are making sure that the underserved are seen, heard and helped.

When I met the 2020 class of Oakland Together’s 40 Under 40, I was so impressed with their achievements, their passion and the clear spark they have for improving their own neighborhoods, their counties and their world.

2020 Class

And they’re persistent. Dr. Ahmad Nsour, founder of the Rochester engineering company Eagle Technology Competence told me he applied to the program three times before he became a member of the 2020 class of 40 Under 40.

In addition to running his business, Nsour mentors high schools students looking for career advice and future success and volunteers to help cancer survivors. He’s just one example of the wide ranging and diverse voices we’re looking for in our search for the next 40 Under 40 Class.

These are people who have optimism about the future and fully intend on continuing their work, whether of not they’re acknowledged for it. Although, we obviously believe they deserved to be acknowledged and celebrated.

And there are opportunities beyond being a member of the Class. These are the folks who provide such great and ongoing insight to me and my team on a whole variety of issues. And there are always vacancies on county boards and commissions that are in need of a diversity of views, opinions and age.

So I look forward to seeing who applies for the 2022 Oakland Together 40 Under 40 class. I have no doubt the future will be in good hands.

For more information on Oakland Together 40 Under 40, go to: https://www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland/programs/40under40/Pages/default.aspx

With gratitude,

David Coulter

Oakland County Executive


MPLP adds Rudy Hobbs as co-director

Oakland Deputy Executive Rudy Hobbs is being recognized for his years of public service with some new responsibilities. He starts this month as a co-director of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, a bi-partisan training program for future leaders at Michigan State University.

The program began in 1992 and each year trains a class of 24 people on the ins and outs of elective office from building relationships and collaborating on the development of public policy to fundraising and media training.

It’s a role that is well-suited for Hobbs, who went through the MPLP training in 2004 before he was elected to the state House of Representatives.

“There were three or four of us from our class who went to the Legislature at the same time and we were able to develop those important relationships early outside the political structure,” Hobbs said. “This program really helps build better leaders.”

Hobbs will keep his job on Oakland County’s leadership team but will help out with the weekends of training that will begin with the new class early next year.

Hobbs will be joined by former state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker as a co-director of the program.

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter applauded MPLP for selecting Hobbs.

“This important bipartisan leadership program will be in good hands with the experience and passion of Oakland’s own, Rudy Hobbs,” he said.

Rana and Barb

Coulter makes two key appointments

Oakland County Executive David Coulter made two key appointment this month when Barb Hankey was named the director of the Department of Public Services and Rana Al-Igoe was hired as he county’s first Oakland80 administrator.

Hankey has worked for Oakland County for more than three decades, most recently as the manager of the Community Corrections Department since 2000. In her new role, she will oversee the Medical Examiner’s Office, Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center, Community Corrections, and Circuit Court Probation.

Al-Igoe will develop a strategy to implement Coulter’s Oakland80 initiative, which has a goal of having 80 percent of the county’s adults with a college degree or recognized training certification by the year 2030, so that they can secure a good paying job.

Before joining Oakland County, Al-Igoe was the workforce programs manager at Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) and was the workforce development policy and operations officer with Washtenaw County.