As President of Mervenne & Company, a public affairs consultancy firm, Anne Mervenne assists her clients in achieving their public policy goals and objectives. Present and past clients include Focus: HOPE, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Southwest Solutions, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Hope Network, the ConnectMichigan Alliance, and Inforum – A Professional Women’s Alliance. Ms. Mervenne also serves as a Senior Consultant for Patton Boggs, LLP, a Washington, D.C. based public policy law firm. Ms. Mervenne is also the Co-Director of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University, a comprehensive ten month leadership program for men and women who are actively involved in public service, including elected office. Over 500 men and women have completed the MPLP Program with many graduates serving in a public office including 14 in the Michigan Legislature.
Ms. Mervenne’s experience includes serving former Michigan Governor John Engler as a member of his senior management team from 1991-2002. She served as the Director of Appointments, in which she recommended qualified men and women for appointment to key positions in state government. Ms. Mervenne served as Executive Director of the Michigan Women’s Commission within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Ms. Mervenne also worked as Director of the Governor’s Southeastern Michigan office based in Detroit. In this capacity, she worked with members of the administration and the community at large to develop and implement public policy strategies to address urban, suburban and regional issues including education, transportation and human service delivery issues. Anne was an elected official in her own right serving on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners for two terms from 1998-1991.
Ms. Mervenne concluded her tenure as Special Advisor to the Governor and was responsible for a broad portfolio of activities including serving as a liaison to the White House and Federal Cabinet members and as the First Lady’s Chief of Staff and primary advisor.
Ms. Mervenne was a member of trade missions to Israel and Jordan; Shanghai, China; and London. She served as a trainer for the International Republican Institute in Cambodia, Morocco and Dubai, U.A.E.. As a trainer, she assisted women in preparing to run for and hold political office. She has also traveled to Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam and Beijing, China and across Western and Central Europe.
Ms. Mervenne earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree from James Madison College of Michigan State University in 1982. Her volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. She also serves on the advisory Boards of Focus: HOPE, and Angels’ Place.. Anne was recognized by Habitat for Humanity of Michigan in 2001 as the first recipient of the Bernice R. Bensen Distinguished Service Award.
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