I am a community advocate, volunteer, wife and mother dedicated to the healthy growth of Madison Heights and the neighboring communities.
I have lived with my husband in Madison Heights since 2004 when I moved from Toronto (Canada) and we are the proud parents of two daughters who attend school in the city. We chose to live and raise our family in Madison Heights because of its charm, affordability, location, safety, and friendly neighborhoods.
I graduated from York University with a degree in Economics and later earned both the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designations. I worked for over ten years in financial services and through careful planning I was able to transition into motherhood as a full-time volunteer and community advocate.
Serving the public and connecting with people is important to me and is reflected in my long history of service to the community with activities that include Girl Scout leader, robotics team coach, school room parent, Parks and Recreation Advisory board member, member of the Madison Heights Women’s Club and Charter member of the Madison Heights Moms Club International.
Since being elected to council in 2017, I have been the School City Liaison and the council representative for the Friends of Madison Heights Youth, Crime Commission, Youth Assistance and Madison Heights Community Coalition. I also revived the Environmental Citizen Committee (ECC) and was their council representative from the revival until my appointment to Mayor.
In 2019 I was appointed to serve as Mayor Pro Tem and in August 2020 I was appointed to Mayor.
Since being elected to council in 2017, I have been active with the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and was appointed council representative for SEMCOG in 2019, a position I held until I became Mayor in 2020.
I served on the SEMCOG Work Skills Task Force (2018/19) and attended many of the SEMCOG training programs including age friendly region, local government finance and road finance.
In early 2020 I achieved the first level of the MML Elected Officials Academy
I have always been a believer in continuing education and being on the Work Skills Task Force further re-enforced to me the importance of lifelong learning. If we are to adapt in an everchanging world, we need to make sure that we and the following generations have the necessary tools to handle any situation that is thrown at us.
Along with promoting our city, working with members of the Madison Heights city council, boards and commissions and other local elected officials and educating myself on the best practices of policies from other municipalities, I consider one of my primary responsibilities as a local Representative to be my availability to my constituents so we can work together to do what is necessary to maintain and improve the community for everyone who lives and works here. If you would like to contact me regarding any city concerns, I can be reached at RoslynGrafstein@madison-heights.org.
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