Rosalynn Bliss represents Grand Rapids
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Now serving her third term as Grand Rapids’ 2nd Ward city commissioner, Rosalynn Bliss has been actively engaged in projects she believes are important to the community.
Advocating for children
She also works as director of residential services at the nonprofit D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s in Grand Rapids, which works for the "good of children" in need.
Bliss has been active in the child welfare system in Kent County and at the state level to advocate for the most vulnerable children.
She has been recognized and honored locally and statewide for her dedication in the field of child abuse and neglect, as well as for her leadership in the community.
Most recently, Bliss was tapped by the Michigan Department of Human Services to serve on a taskforce working on performance-based contracting for private agency providers.
In her community leader role, Bliss has worked to improve citizen engagement, economic development and quality of life.
She has served on the campaign committee for Neighbors for Parks, Pools and Playgrounds for a dedicated millage for parks, and she continues to serve on the Uptown Corridor Improvement District, Fulton Street Famers Market Redevelopment Committee and Kent County Land Bank Authority.
A city liaison with Friends of GR Parks, Bliss has supported policies and funding to increase urban tree canopy and has worked with the Urban Forest Project to enlist citizen support and volunteers.
Currently, Bliss is a trustee with the Michigan Municipal League, a mentor with Grand Valley State University’s Hausenstein Center and a board member of the Dyer-Ives Foundation and YMCA.