During her tenure Secretary Benson has distinguished herself by offering new customer service initiatives designed to greatly reduce wait times in branch offices and overseeing implementation of two voter-approved ballot proposals: Proposal 2 that established an independent citizens redistricting commission to eliminate gerrymandering in legislative and congressional districts; and Proposal 3 that established constitutional guarantees to increase voter access to the ballot through, among other things, no-reason absentee voting.
Prior to her election Secretary Benson served as CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit organization using the unifying power of sports to improve race relations. Her experience with RISE has proven invaluable as chair of Michigan’s Task Force on Women in Sports, established by Governor Whitmer in 2019 to advance opportunities for women in Michigan as athletes and sports leaders.
A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on laws covering civil rights, education and elections, Secretary Benson was an associate professor and associate director of Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights before her appointment as dean of Wayne State University Law School.
Secretary Benson is one of the youngest women ever to be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and at age 36, was the youngest woman in U.S. history to lead a top-100 accredited law school.