Nanette Lee Reynolds, EdD
Dr. Nanette Lee Reynolds serves as a public member of CEPH’s Board of Councilors. As such, she is charged with representing the public at large, and may not be a public health professional or affiliated with an institution that offers public health training. Dr. Reynolds served for 20 years in state government, including more than 10 years as director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) and as a cabinet member of both Republican and Democratic governors. She enhanced the professional development of her colleagues to better serve Michigan’s increasingly diverse population and re-engineered the department to better balance its enforcement and community service responsibilities. Dr. Reynolds transitioned to MDCR after serving as a program specialist and liaison from the governor’s office to the Michigan State Board of Education, Department of Education and the Indian Affairs, Spanish Speaking and Women’s Commissions.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Reynolds has engaged in consulting through her firm, Reynovations, LLC. In addition to equity work, she is active in the field of college access, persistence and success, having consulted with Project GRAD Atlanta, the Michigan College Access Network and the National College Access Network. She co-founded a scholarship-granting organization for students of color, following passage of an anti-affirmative action initiative in Michigan.
Dr. Reynolds began her career as a counseling dean at MIT and Brown University, and focused efforts on developing resources for students of color and women to ensure college success. Thirty years later she returned to the college campus in the role of senior advisor to the president of Grand Valley State University, a cabinet-level position with responsibilities around inclusion and equity.
Dr. Reynolds received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Howard University and a master’s in higher education administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She earned her doctoral degree in higher education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. In 2012, she received the Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education. In late 2010, Dr. Reynolds moved to the greater Atlanta community after 30 years in East Lansing, Michigan.
Dr. Reynolds was appointed to the governing board of the Council on Education for Public Health in 2013 by the American Public Health Association and Association of Schools of Public Health (now ASPPH). Her current term extends through 2018.