The former senior education and communications advisor to Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Wilbur has extensive experience in educational policy development, implementation, capacity-building and strategic planning. He presently works with Public Policy Associates, providing technical assistance to Michigan’s Promise Zones, 10 communities working to create universal scholarship programs modeled after the Kalamazoo Promise.
Among his duties with the Granholm administration was working closely with the Cherry Commission as it developed its series of policy recommendations aimed at doubling the number of college graduates in Michigan.
His background is diverse. He has served as the news director of Detroit’s public radio station (WDET), as a campaign manager and chief of staff to U.S. Senator Carl Levin, and as a community organizer with low income advocacy organizations in Detroit. He was also a media specialist in the Westwood Community Schools in Wayne County, Mich., after graduating from the University of Michigan with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.