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Conan Smith

About Conan Smith

Conan serves as Executive Director of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance. He has been an elected Washtenaw County Commissioner since 2004. He chairs the board at Michigan Saves and is second vice chair of the Michigan Workforce Development Association. Governors Granholm and Snyder both appointed him to the Utility Consumer Participation Board, and he is treasurer of the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office. Conan holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Michigan's Residential College and is a candidate for an M.A. in Dispute Resolution at Wayne State University.

Process Consulting: Your Team’s Path to Change

There’s a new manager in your office, and people are feeling lost.  Your organization is restructuring but staff are clinging to the old way of doing things.  The mayor and council president are both great leaders, but they’re often in conflict over direction for the administration and the community. Organizations often reach out to consultants to help them through tough times.  Sometimes they need expertise they don’t have on staff.  Sometimes an outside perspective can help diagnose a problem.  In some cases, the challenges are Continue reading →