Kelly Garrett, Mayor of Lathrup Village


MyKale (Kelly) L. Garrett currently serves as Mayor of Lathrup Village; the first African American to hold this role. Prior to her ascension to Mayor, Ms. Garrett was Mayor Pro Tem from 2013 to 2017. Along with her work as a public servant, Ms. Garrett is passionate about serving the community through charitable service. Her past board leadership has included Chair/President of the Southfield Lathrup Democratic Club, and the Family-Centered Care Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She presently serves on the Board of the national non-profit Mothering Justice (positions held: Board President and Board Secretary) and Subsidiary Advisory Board Member for Community Health at St. John/Ascension Hospital. Most recently, she was appointed by Governor Whitmer to the Michigan State Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity.

Throughout her political career, Ms. Garrett has received numerous awards. The awards include the 2021 SIStars Leadership Award from the National BLack Women’s Roundtable, the WONder Woman Award from the Women Officials Network, the 2014 Michigan Chronicle Woman of Excellence Award and the National Congress of Black Women – Oakland County Chapter, the Woman Pioneer of Distinction Award and honored by the Women’s Campaign School of Yale University for leadership. Ms. Garrett has dedicated herself to the professional and educational development of youth in and around her community. She has given a multitude of motivational addresses at various educational establishments. Ms. Garrett also delivered the keynote address at Wayne State University for The Golden Key International Honour Society Induction ceremony; while also becoming an honorary inductee based on her leadership and service in the community.


In addition to her political role, Ms Garrett is the Michigan State Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance/Care in Action.

Care in Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to fighting for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women of color and immigrant women.

Ms. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Rochester University and a Master of Information Systems from University of Phoenix.