MI List Endorses: Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell has dedicated the past two decades to making Washtenaw County and the city of Saline a place people choose to live, work and play. A Saline resident since 1988, Gretchen immediately became an active member of the community, starting her Michigan life as a community volunteer and fundraiser. Her commitment to serving the community has given her the distinction of being Saline’s first woman, and longest serving mayor. In her seven mayoral terms, multiple infrastructure projects were completed, a thriving farmer's market begun, the first historic district was established, a youth council was created, and an arts and culture commission began. Her work contributed to Saline being recognized for its excellent quality of life as a Top 100 Small City nationally 3 times in the last decade.
Gretchen has immersed herself in the Saline community and throughout Michigan by serving on: The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS); AnnArbor SPARK Executive Committee; Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Vice-Chair; SEMCOG Transportation Advisory Council (former Chair); and National League of Cities, Advisory Council Vice-Chair. She is a former Vice President and Board member of the Michigan Municipal League (MML), MML Elected Officials Academy, and the MML Workers Compensation Fund. Nationally, Driskell has worked as a board member with the National League of Cities, representing local government interests in addressing federal initiatives and sharing best practices with communities across the country.
Gretchen also works as a commercial realtor and understands the challenges small business face. Her background in finance and accounting, with a Master's in Business Administration from George Washington University and experience as a former CPA is fully qualified to help her clients, community, and volunteer organizations become more successful.
Gretchen is a single mom of three children; Ryan, Matthew, and Marielle.