Marjorie Mitchell | Executive Director

Margie Bio

Marjorie has been a strong advocate for disability rights and universal health care for the past three decades. She became the organization’s Executive Director in 1992 and has worked tirelessly on increasing access to health insurance for Michigan families. Marjorie currently sits on the Boards and Committees for:

  • Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN) Board
  • Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC), Consumer Engagement Council
  • Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH), Steering Committee
  • Michigan Health Insurance Access, Advisory Council
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), Patient Safety/ Keystone Board
  • Medicare Rights Center, Consumer Action Board
  • Michigan Voice, Leadership Committee
  • MPRO Board of Directors

Alex B. Hill | Communications Director


Currently a Community Health Worker and Project Coordinator in Detroit, Alex is tackling various health disparity issues in the city, specifically childhood obesity and healthy food access. Alex has worked with many non-profits engaged in health promotion, global health, and social justice around the world, including: League of Michigan Bicyclists, ACLU of Michigan, Detroit Food Policy Council, Detroit Food Finder, Honduras Health Mapping, Pediatric Prevention Research Center, SCOUT BANANA, Young People For, Movement Strategy Center, African Activist Archive, Vumundzuku-bya Vana ‘Our Children’s Future, and the Refugee Development Center.

Alex currently sits on committees for:

  • FIT Families Project
  • MOTION Coalition
  • Population Health Council
  • Healthy Food Access Workgroup (DFPC)
  • Detroit Food Politics Research Group
  • Data and Education Workgroup (DWCHA)


Preston Van Vliet | LGBTIQ Taskforce

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Photo credit: Robert Guttersohn

Preston believes in the power of community and inclusion in making sustainable change. As a white, queer trans man, I fell into activism and culture change work after the harsh wave of publicly reported suicides of several lesbian and gay youth in fall of 2010. His mentor at that time was a dedicated activist in working towards racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTIQ equity. She encouraged Preston to apply for the Center for Progressive Leadership’s Civic Engagement Academy when he turned to her after the suicide of a young gay man on campus. Preston has been working on activism projects in Michigan ever since.