Michigan State House of RepresentativeS
A mother of three school-aged children, founder and president of her own company; AGS Data Analytics Consulting and an instructor and Thurgood Marshall Doctoral Fellow at Western Michigan University, Alberta Griffin is no stranger to hard work, persistence and achieving impact driven success. A longtime resident of Kalamazoo County, she has devoted herself to improving the health and well-being of those in this community.
Early in her career, “Berta” as she is affectionately known, served as Head Start Nutritionist and WIC Program Coordinator. Her love for seeing data-driven results lead her to serve as an epidemiologist and Public Health Coordinator for Calhoun County. Wanting to do even more and see a broader impact for the community she took a position to serve at the State of Michigan on the Infant Mortality Reduction Plan.
Berta’s work with families intersects systems of health, education and economic development. This work has made her a strong advocate for polices that lead to equality in education funding, equitable access to healthcare and providing an opportunity for families to advance their social and economic welfare. At her core, Berta believes that our society should be one that is safe and that our community can come together to achieve real success when it comes to education, health and economics.
Read more about Alberta on her website.
Why this Race is Important
Due to partisan gerrymandering, Republicans hold a drastically unfair advantage and are over-represented in the Michigan state legislature. It's critical for Democrats to win seats in 2018 to make blue inroads in this presidential battleground state.
Sister District Policy Scorecard
This candidate has pledged commitment to the following statements:
- We must protect a woman’s right to choose the health care and reproductive services she wants and needs.
- We need to protect and expand our social safety net, not dismantle it.
- We should pursue common-sense gun safety policies, consistent with the Second Amendment and local community standards and needs, which vary from community to community.
- Climate change is real and we need to protect our environment.