Speaker Details

Rosalynn Bliss

City of Grand Rapids

Mayor Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. She is also Grand Valley State University’s endowed chair for the Frederik Meijer Honors College. Bliss was a founding member of the non-profit Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and assisted in leading the Neighbors for Parks, Pools, and Playgrounds campaign that resulted in a dedicated parks millage and has set a goal of ensuring every family lives within a 10-minute walk to a park. She has led the Mayors Greening Initiative resulting in volunteer efforts to plant over 1,800 trees in the past three years and partners with the public school in a Connecting Children to Nature initiative.