LANSING, Mich. – On Thursday, November 10th, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Carolyn Grawi of Ann Arbor to the Complete Streets Advisory Council.

The council’s role is to advise the State Transportation Commission and other agencies on the development of streets that provide appropriate access and promote safe and efficient movement of people and goods whether by car, truck, transit, assistive device, foot, or bicycle.

“Our state’s transportation network is a key component of Michigan’s reinvention,” Snyder said. “I am confident Carolyn will provide valuable insight to the council as it helps ensure accessible and varied transportation options across Michigan.”

Grawi is the director of advocacy and education at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. She also is a field instructor for social work programs at Eastern Michigan University, where she works to ensure that the Americans with Disabilities Act provides access as needed to individuals with disabilities. Grawi previously worked to improve curb ramp accessibility in the cities of Ann Arbor, Monroe and Ypsilanti as well as to enhance accessibility throughout Ann Arbor Public Schools. She was awarded the University of Michigan’s James T. Neubacher Certificate of Appreciation for her work on behalf of people with disabilities. Grawi earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Grawi will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Sept. 30, 2013, and replaces Jim Magyar. The appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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