Simone Lightfoot is a member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education. Her current term runs through 2016. 

Simone Lightfoot at a January 2013 AAPS board meeting. (Photo courtesy of The Ann Arbor Chronicle.)

Lightfoot was initially appointed as an AAPS trustee by the school board in December 2009, to fill a seat vacated by Helen Gates-Bryant, who resigned in November 2009Lightfoot ran unopposed for election in November 2010 for a one-year term. She was re-elected in November 2011 to a four-year term, but that term was later extended a year due to state legislation that mandated local school board elections be held in even-numbered years.

Professionally, Lightfoot is a consultant on regional urban initiatives for the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center. She is also founder and owner of Green Couture Supply, a wholesaler of "quality reclaimed apparel and accessories."

She serves on the advisory board for the nonprofit Girls Group

Her bio on the NWF website also includes this background:

Simone served as a deputy chief of staff in the Michigan House of Representatives. She became a radio political policy analyst before joining the American Red Cross as a regional representative.

Lightfoot was named to the national staff of the NAACP as the Michigan state director before eventually assuming regional voting rights and mass mobilization responsibilities. She was the campaign manager for the first directly elected African American mayor of Cincinnati before going on to serve in the administration. Lightfoot was also named director of public policy and elections coordinator with Wayne County, Michigan before returning to the NAACP to assume responsibility for environmental and energy policy and alliances. 

Lightfoot has two daughters and lives on Ann Arbor's south side.

Timeline

March 13, 2015: Resigns from the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren in protest of Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to move the School Reform Office from the Department of Education — which he does not oversee — to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, putting K-12 school accountability and restructuring directly under his control.

Nov. 8, 2011: Is re-elected to the AAPS board of education with 5,261 votes (21.8%), coming in second in a field of six candidates vying for two seats. The other incumbent, Andy Thomas, wins a seat with 5,840 votes (24.2%). Other candidates are Lawrence MurphyPatrick Leonard, Ahmar Iqbal and Albert Howard. The term is four years. However, state legislation passed in 2011 mandated that school board elections be held only on even-numbered years, starting in 2012. So in January 2012 the AAPS school board passed a resolution agreeing to hold board elections in even-numbered Novembers. That resolution extended the terms of Lightfoot and Thomas through 2016.

Nov. 2, 2010: Is elected to a one-year term as one of two candidates running for two seats – incumbent Andy Thomas is the other candidate. Gets 24,877 votes (50.73%). 

2010: Is hired by the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center as consultant on regional urban initiatives.

Dec. 2009: Is appointed as an AAPS trustee by the school board in December 2009, to fill a seat vacated by Helen Gates-Bryant, who resigned in November 2009. She is one of seven candidates to apply for the position. Other candidates are Jack Panitch, Lightfoot, Andy Thomas, Margy Long, Christine Stead, Elizabeth Nelson and Kim Callahan Lijana.

1990: Joins the U.S. Air Force.

In the News

Simone Lightfoot resigns from the Coalition for the Future of Detroit School Children, saying it’s become clear to her that Snyder’s goal is to “destroy public education in Michigan” – Mark Maynard blog, March 16, 2015

Detroit group upset with Snyder’s school reform move – Detroit News, March 13, 2015

Andy Thomas, Simone Lightfoot retain spots on Ann Arbor school board – AnnArbor.com, Nov. 8, 2011

AAPS Board Candidate: Simone Lightfoot – A2 Schools Muse blog, Oct. 26, 2011

Election 2011: AAPS Board Candidate Forum – Ann Arbor Chronicle, Oct. 6, 2011

In the 10 Spot: Simone Lightfoot – Ann Arbor Journal, Sept. 10, 2010

Ann Arbor school board chooses Simone Lightfoot as newest member – AnnArbor.com, Dec. 16, 2009

School board interviews candidates for vacant seat – Ann Arbor Journal, Dec. 14, 2009

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