Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick is the Founder and Managing Partner of J & A Global Partners, LLC. Prior to establishing J & A Global, Ms. Kilpatrick was a member of Congress for 14 years, serving Michigan's 13th Congressional District. In only her second term as a Member of Congress, Ms. Kilpatrick was selected to serve on the Defense Sub-Committee of Appropriations. She earned a solid reputation as a key member of the committee with the ability to work in a bi-partisan fashion in a tough political environment, and get results. A synopsis of her career includes:
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
U.S. Representative, Michigan, 1997-2011
United States Air Force Academy Board Member, 2003-2007.
House Appropriations Committee Member. First African American woman to serve on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, the largest appropriations bill in the Federal government.
Brought the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA)a free program for K-12 students housed at Wayne State University that seeks to increase the participation and retention of historically and underrepresented youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Funded and negotiated compromise leading to passage of amendment that allows non-public and private match funds to be used to construct Detroit's first light rail system.
Secured funding for the Rosa Parks Transit Facility in Detroit, Michigan.
Served on the Appropriations Subcommittee of Transportation/Housing and Urban Development.
Served on the Appropriations Subcommittee on State/Foreign Operations.
Secured more than $1 billion in federal funding to provide transportation, health, housing, education, and other services to the citizens of Michigan.
Led successful bi-partisan effort to retain more than $300 million in funding for the Stryker, the Army's highest-priority production combat/ambulance vehicle program, which saved the jobs of more than 2,500 Michigan workers and saved the lives of injured service members.
Successfully secured over $63.7 million in international support, including funding for flood relief in Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Zimbabwe; Hope Worldwide Integrated AIDS Intervention; Florida A&M University Distance Learning program with Africa; the African Development Foundation and the Education for Development and Democracy Initiative.
Organized bi-partisan coalition that defeated controversial gaming bill and saved 3,000 jobs in Detroit, Michigan.
Led successful effort to secure a Presidential Executive Order compelling all federal agencies to increase their contractual opportunities with minority businesses.
Increased collaboration and communication between the U.S. and Canada on policies and issues of shared importance through appointment to the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group.
Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, DC
Unanimously elected to lead 42-member organization focused on addressing the legislative concerns of black and minority citizens. Established and executed legislative agenda focused on eliminating economic, educational, health, and other disparities.
Established international, Internet-based communications network for the CBC, revamping Website to include blogs, videos, podcasts, and an e-newsletter.
Engaged youth and young adults in public policy discussions hosting intergenerational dialogues, symposiums, and Web meeting; providing training and leadership development programs; and connecting youth to voter registration, education and campaign opportunities.
Expanded the CBC Outreach Program sponsoring issue forums throughout the country and on Capitol Hill; forging new partnerships with civil rights groups, religious leaders, and other community organizations. Created the annual CBC Black History Month Program.
Increased outreach of the CBCs message. Negotiated a strategic partnership with the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Michigan State House of Representatives, Lansing, MI
State Representative, 1979-1996
First African American woman on the Michigan State House Appropriations Committee.
Earned reputation as a consensus builder as the House Democratic Whip.
Chaired Appropriations Transportation Budget
Chaired the House Corrections Budget
Detroit Public School District, Detroit, MI
Created learning environment in which students had the opportunity to achieve academic success and enhance personal and professional development. Maintained accurate records related to student achievement and attendance.
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI – Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, 2008
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI – Master of Science in Education, 1977
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI – Bachelor of Science in Education, 1972
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI – Associates Degree, 1970
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