Representative Thomas Stallworth, a lifelong Detroiter from a family with a long tradition of public service, is serving his first term in the Michigan House. He has spent his career working to improve the quality of life for all Detroit residents. Stallworth graduated from Mumford High School and Michigan State University with a degree in Urban Planning and Development. He helped establish Aisha Schule After School Tutorial Program, which became one of Michigan’s first charter schools.
He started his career as a manager with the Detroit Urban League and then went to work for the City of Detroit as an appointee of the Coleman A. Young administration. Stallworth spent the next 25 years as an executive at firms such as MichCon and DTE Energy, overseeing their human resources, case management and collections departments.
Recognizing a need to help struggling families and individuals, Stallworth was instrumental in the growth of the THAW and Heat Bank programs. He helped secure millions of dollars through the federal State Emergency Relief Program to keep these programs going strong. The case management program that he developed to assist residents has received national recognition.
Stallworth has served as a board member of the Detroit School Board, the Wayne County Child Care Coordinating Council, The Black Child Development Institute, Children’s Aid Society, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), and as Director of the Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan (BCF).
At BCF, Stallworth directed programs to strengthen Detroit Public Schools and some charter schools. He has also managed Substance Abuse Prevention and Special Programs at the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion.