Gilda Z. Jacobs

Gilda Z. Jacobs

Gilda Z. Jacobs became League President & CEO on Jan. 3, 2011, following a long career as an elected official. She served eight years as a state senator and four years as a state representative from Huntington Woods where she made history as the first woman floor leader in either chamber of the Legislature.
 
As senator, Jacobs was the vice chair of Campaign & Election Oversight; Families & Human Services, and Finance and also served on Economic Development & Regulatory Reform; and Health Policy. Prior to serving in the Legislature, she served as an Oakland County Commissioner from 1995 to 1998. She also is distinguished as the first woman elected to the Huntington Woods City Commission, serving from 1981 to 1994.
 
In addition to her civic leadership, she served as Development Director for JARC, a Jewish association providing residential care for persons with developmental disabilities. She  also  worked  as  a  special  education  teacher  in  the  Madison  School  District.  A graduate of the University of Michigan, she received her bachelor’s degree with a distinction  in  education  in  1970  and  a  master’s  degree  in  behavioral  sciences  in education.