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Breakfast with Legislators
Join us Monday, March 29 as we discuss housing and transportation. We’ll welcome Deborah Prato, newly appointed CEO for The Rapid, and hear from Business Affairs Specialist, Bill Kirk, who will outline upcoming route changes intended to better serve employers and the community.
We’ll also welcome Senator Winnie Brinks and Senator Roger Victory for a conversation on housing legislation moderated by Joshua Lunger, Senior Director of Government Affairs. The conversation will be followed by facilitated question-and-answer.
Breakfast with Legislators events provide Chamber members and their employees the opportunity to establish relationships with key decision makers and voice opinions on issues moving forward in Lansing. Networking and facilitated question-and-answer sessions offer firsthand information on upcoming legislation and House and Senate committee activities, prompting great dialogue between legislators and Chamber members.
Monday, March 29
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Members: $25 / Non-Members: $35
Meet the Speakers
Deb Prato, Chief Executive Officer, The Rapid
Deb brings over 30 years of public sector experience spanning county government and regional transportation to her role, having held executive leadership positions focused on workforce engagement and development, employee relations, and organizational strategy. She has deep knowledge and expertise in the transportation field ranging from a seven-county system based in Rochester, New York to North America’s largest transit system, New York City’s MTA. She has held multiple executive-level leadership positions in her career, always guided by a drive to build stronger communities through public service. She brings a belief that public transportation is not only critical infrastructure for any successful community but that it drives the economic engine, development, and vitality in the service delivery area.
Senator Winnie Brinks, Michigan Senate District 29 (D)
Senator Brinks is the first woman to represent Grand Rapids in the Michigan Senate since Eva McCall Hamilton was elected in 1920. Before her election to the Michigan House of Representatives, Brinks was a caseworker at The Source. There, she helped businesses and non-profits improve workplaces to grow and retain employees. In the state House, Brinks worked tirelessly to protect our drinking water from toxic PFAS contamination, create jobs, ensure every child has access to a world-class education and honor our state’s debt to our veterans. Brinks is dedicated to keeping Grand Rapids and West Michigan an economic leader in the state.
Senator Roger Victory, Michigan Senate District 30 (R)
Senator Victory was elected to serve Michigan’s 30th Senate District in 2018. He chairs the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and serves as assistant majority whip. Victory also chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development and the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. Prior to joining the Senate, Roger served six years in the Michigan House of Representatives. Victory owns Victory Farms LLC, a year-round specialty crop producer, as well as Victory Sales LLC, a national produce distributor.