State Representative Sam Singh is serving his first term representing Michigan’s 69th House District, which includes East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, Williamstown Township, and Locke Township.
Singh’s story is one of civic engagement. Singh’s parents immigrated to Michigan from India in the 1960s for a better life and an opportunity for the American Dream. From an early age, Singh’s parents taught him the value of giving back to the country that has given them so much. Singh took those lessons to heart, knowing how hard his parents worked to provide a good life for him and his brother.
Before serving in the Legislature, Singh was elected to the East Lansing City Council at age 24. During his 10 years on council and one term as mayor, Singh worked to strengthen ties with MSU, promote regional cooperation and support economic development. Singh also served as the president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association and, before being elected, worked on the New Economy Initiative, which supports moving Michigan to a knowledge-based economy with education and job training to ensure worker competitiveness, and helping new businesses and entrepreneurs create thousands of jobs. Singh is the first Indian-American state representative in Michigan. Singh and his wife, Kerry, live in East Lansing.
Singh’s parents immigrated to Michigan from India in the 1960s for a better life and an opportunity for the American Dream. Singh and his wife, Kerry, live in East Lansing.
Sam Singh is an alumnus of Michigan State University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1994. As a student, in the early 1990’s, Sam was involved in many leadership roles including being a resident assistant, a member of Phi Sigma Phi fraternity, and the chief of staff of the student government, ASMSU.
Sam is currently serving as the Senior Consultant for the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI). NEI is a $100 million philanthropic initiative aimed to help transition Michigan to a knowledge based economy. The New Economy Initiative works with other partners in the state to sponsor and support activities that attract and retain talented workers; encourage innovation and entrepreneurship; and change the region’s culture to embrace learning, work and innovation.
In addition, Sam is an affiliated consultant with the Lansing-based evaluation firm, Public Policy Associates. Sam’s work consists of consulting with nonprofit organizations around organizational planning, strategic restructuring, and resource development.
Sam Singh has extensive management experience having served as the President and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, an 1100 member-based association that was actively involved in public policy, capacity building and leadership development for the nonprofit sector. He worked relentlessly to ensure that nonprofits and charities were appropriately represented by the budgets and laws being developed in Lansing and Washington, DC.
In addition to being employed by nonprofit organizations for most of his career, Sam is a dedicated volunteer having served on over twenty nonprofit boards on a national and local level. He is currently involved with the boards of the Lansing Refugee Development Center, Capital Area United Way, Michigan Municipal League Foundation and the Michigan Political Leadership Program.
He was also involved in starting a number of philanthropic activities on campus such as Into the Streets, MSU Alternative Break Program and the MSU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Sam Singh was elected at the age of 24 to the East Lansing City Council. He subsequently won re-election for two additional terms serving a total of 12 years in local government. In 2005, Sam was elected as the youngest Mayor in the city’s history.
Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
His work led to him being named the Spartan of the Year in 1993 by the MSU student newspaper, the State News.