On January 5th, 2011, Alicia D. Ping was sworn in as Washtenaw County Commissioner for District 3. Commissioner Ping joins the Board of Commissioners as an experienced public servant. She has been elected by her peers to serve as Vice Chair each year since taking office. Ping previously served as a six-term Saline City Council member and as Mayor Pro-Tem of Saline. Prior to her swearing in, Commissioner Ping was instrumental in forming the Saline Youth Council, which serves as a conduit between local youth and local government. She had also served on the Saline Area Fire Board, the Historic District Study Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Bixby Trust Committee and various other community boards.
Commissioner Ping served on the Legislative Affairs Committee for the Michigan Municipal League and the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Environmental Affairs committee. Commissioner Ping was elected for a two-year term, to the National League of Cities Board of Directors in December of 2001. Commissioner Ping has also served as Vice President of Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials.
Commissioner Ping was awarded an APAICS Congressional Fellowship in 2002 and was able to spend time in Washington D.C. shadowing Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn. In the fall of 2003, Commissioner Ping was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders for a political/educational mission to Egypt and Jordan. She spent a week in each country meeting with political and business leaders. While in Jordan she was able to meet with King Abdullah II.
Commissioner Ping’s personal accomplishments include:
- Appointment to the International Task Force Education Sub-Committee for the National League of Cities in 2000
- Election to the National League of Cities Board of Directors in 2001
- Served on the Board of Advisors for the Great Lakes Education Project in 2005 and on the National League of Cities Advisory Council from 2004 - 2010
Commissioner Ping has earned both Level I and II Education Awards from the Michigan Municipal League. Also, Commissioner Ping has prior political credentials from her 2004 candidacy for Michigan State Representative - 52nd District.
Professionally, Commissioner Ping is an Enterprise Account Manager with ForeSee. ForeSee is an international company headquartered in Ann Arbor. She is married to David Shand, her step-daughter, Mackenzie, is a student at Washington and Lee University and her step-son, Kevin plays hockey in the USHL for Cedar Rapids.
Because of her diverse background and experience in a variety of local government settings, Commissioner Ping has been able to contribute to the Board of Commissioners and serve as an effective, prudent representative for the citizens of Washtenaw County.