Cynthia H. Wilbanks as Vice President for Government Relations directs the University's Government Relations programs at the local, state and federal levels. Her responsibilities include planning and developing the institution's response to proposed legislation; developing and maintaining effective relationships with governmental agencies and officials; and analyzing and assessing legislative, administrative and regulatory activities as they pertain to University programs, activities and operations. She also supervises the activities of the State Outreach office.

She began her professional career as a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Marvin L. Esch of Ann Arbor. In 1977 she joined the office of U.S. Rep. Carl D. Pursell of Plymouth, first working as his Washtenaw County field representative and later as his district director, responsible for supervising a field staff for all of the representative's district operations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Christopher Taylor, Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2020 the day on which we honor Cynthia H. Wilbanks, and recognize the outstanding contributions she has made to the University of Michigan, the City of Ann Arbor, and the community we all serve.


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