Celebrating Women’s History Month in Oakland County

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate trailblazing females from the past, present, and into the future. This month, we’re recognizing women on Oakland County‘s senior leadership team, along with directors from various departments who are making sure that the county is All ways, moving forward.

Women's History Month graphic with photo of April Lynch, Hilarie Chambers and Robin Carter-Cooper

Hilarie Chambers, Chief Deputy County Executive

Hilarie Chambers made history as the first woman to serve in her role as Chief Deputy Executive when she was appointed in 2019. She was chief of staff for retired Congressman Sander Levin for over 25 years. Before joining Oakland County’s executive office, she served as chief of staff for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. A strong advocate of adult literacy and workforce development, Hilarie is also the founder of a nonprofit that provides free ballet classes to girls at the Hazel Park Recreation Center.

April Lynch, Deputy County Executive

April Lynch oversees the county’s Human Resources, Corporation Counsel, Risk Management, and Facilities Management departments. In 2011, she began working as city manager of Ferndale, collaborating with Executive Coulter, then mayor, to resolve long-standing issues and bring many innovations to the city. Prior to joining the county, she served as associate vice president of human resources and payroll at University of Detroit Mercy.

Robin Carter-Cooper, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Robin Carter-Cooper works to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace for county employees. She launched the county’s Equity Council, has provided training to leaders and has initiated a workplace culture and an external audit since joining the county in 2020. Crain’s Detroit Business honored her in 2019, naming Carter-Cooper among its “Most Notable Women in Education Leadership.” She previously worked as the executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Rochester Community Schools.

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