Detroit Mayoral Candidate Lisa Howze sat with Angelo for over an hour taking calls from listeners and addressing key topics of concern to Detroiters. One of those intense subjects Lisa Howze elaborated on was high crime rates in the city of Detroit. Take a look below to see exactly what she had to say…
Lisa LaShawn Howze is an inspiration to men, women and children and young adults across the United States of America. She embodies the characteristics of hard work and perseverance, with an unlimited capacity to dream big dreams, and then follow them.
A native Detroiter, Lisa is the youngest of six children raised by a single mother on the city’s west side. Her educational achievements include graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1991 in the Top 10 of her senior class. She earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the Ross School of Business in 1995, and a Master’s of Science in Finance degree from Walsh College in 2004.
Howze is a certified public accountant with more than 18 years of auditing, municipal accounting, and corporate finance experience. A life-time member and past recipient of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. Walking the Road Less Traveled Award, Howze’s career started in public accounting, evolved into public speaking, and now she is living a life of public service.
The former state representative, who was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010, says that she is uniquely qualified to meet the fiscal challenges of the City of Detroit as she looks to become the first female Mayor in the city’s 311-year history.
Lisa’s personal mantra in life says it all, “Do the Unthinkable and Live the Impossible!”
Born in Detroit, MI on August 5, 1973.
Life-long Detroiter and homeowner of 12+ years on Detroit’s northeast side.
Raised by a single mother on Detroit’s west side.
Aunt to fourteen nieces and nephews and Godmother to four Godchildren.
Member of Union Grace Missionary Baptist Church.
Detroit Public Schools – Crary Elementary, Cerveny Middle and Cass Technical High School.
University of Michigan – Ross School of Business, Bachelor’s of Business Administration (Accounting), 1995.
Walsh College, Master’s of Science in Finance, 2004.
Certified Public Accountant. Former Auditor, Big Five Accounting Firm. Former Business Analysts responsible for billion dollar annual cash flow reporting. Business owner, Speaking Life Principles, Inc. — a motivational training and development company Elected Michigan State Representative, 2nd House District – Detroit in November 2010. Candidate for Detroit City Council, 2009.
Significant Legislative Accomplishments:
Passed House Bill 4596 that disallows incorrect credit information to be used to determine insurance rates. Sponsored House Bill 5521 to ensure schools have emergency response plan. Sponsored House Bill 5691 to allow Seniors to receive hassle-free Home Heating assistance. Sponsored House Bill 5782 to create “Silver Lining Insurance Renaissance Zones” to reduce insurance rates by 20%. Sponsored House Bill 5806 at assist the City of Detroit and other local municipalities that levy an income tax with tax collections. Co-Sponsored House Bill 5145 which stiffens the penalty for shooting into a home and killing someone in a drive-by shooting. Voted NO against all anti-labor legislation introduced by Republican-led Legislature. Voted NO on Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager Law.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
Lifetime Member – National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) Past NABA Detroit Chapter President, 2001-2005 Member – Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) Member – Detroit Alumnae of University of Michigan Women (DAUMW) Member – Detroit Branch NAACP Member – Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) Member – Trade Union Leadership Council (TULC) Past Treasurer and Former Board Member – Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Honorary Member – MAN Network Honorary Member – Detroit 300
Honors and Awards:
Named 2012 Greater Good Award Recipient, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Named 2011 Public Official of the Year, Habitat for Humanity – Michigan Named 2010 Public Policy Award Recipient, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Named 2010 Diversity Award Recipient, Michigan Association of CPAs Named 2007 Walking the Road Less Traveled Award Recipient, NABA, Inc. Named 2003 Chapter President of the Year Award Recipient for Central Region, NABA, Inc. Nominated Co-Chair, Detroit Democratic House Caucus Nominated Co-Chair, Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee Appointed Co-Chair, Legislators Building Communities
Stood in support of minority-owned business that was evicted from COBO Hall Convention Center. Organized volunteers to go door-to-door with Detroit 300 in search of eastside rapist. Participated in vigils outside of homes noted for illegal activity on Detroit’s eastside. Built homes with Habitat for Humanity. Hosted monthly Coffee Hours with constituents. Participated in mobile patrol during Angel’s Night with MAN Network. Present annually the “Art of Public Speaking” and “Accounting: Imagine the Possibilities” workshops to high school students.