Governor Announces Cabinet and Staff Changes

Mar 1, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a series of changes to members of her cabinet and key staff.

Marlon Brown, Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

    • After seven months of serving as acting director of LARA, effective immediately he will be the permanent director.
    • Prior to his appointment as acting director, he was the chief administrative officer. He’s also served as director of LARA’s Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs and held previous roles with the Michigan Supreme Court, the Department of Transportation, and the State Budget Office.
    • The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Suzanna Shkreli, Lottery Commissioner

    • Effective March 1, Ms. Shkreli will serve as commissioner of the Lottery. The current acting commissioner, Jessica Weare, accepted a new position within state government.
    • Prior to the appointment, she served as director of Juvenile Justice Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Shkreli has previously worked as Michigan’s Children’s Ombudsman, deputy legal counsel in the Executive Office of the Governor, and an assistant prosecutive attorney with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.
    • The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Executive Office Staff

    • Sheila Marshall-Curtis, Chief Compliance Officer
    • Vignesh Meyyappan, Associate Legal Counsel
    • Stephanie O’Dea, Senior Education Advisor
    • Emma Young, Policy Analyst
    • Jayla Irons, Policy Assistant
    • Joseph Timmer, Appointment Specialist

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