Sharlan Douglas has lived in Royal Oak for 25 years. She owns Douglas Communications Group, a Royal Oak public relations and social marketing firm.

She was the founding executive director of the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, where she forged consensus among the leaders of 17 local and county governments and state agencies, raised nearly $4 million and remade the image of Eight Mile Road in the eyes of the news media and regional residents.

She is the former president/CEO of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce and was a vice president at the Metropolitan Center for High Technology, Michigan’ first business incubator.  She spent five years in account management with one of Detroit’s top public relations counseling firms.

Sharlan has worked on several civic boards and committees. In 2012 she served as communications director for the city’s public safety millage, working closely with police and fire fighters in a campaign that passed with 67 percent of the vote.

Sharlan lives with her husband in a 1918 Arts & Crafts home, joined by Ken’s mom and a rescue dog.

Her civic credentials include:

  • Royal Oak city commissioner, 2013-present
  • Planning commissioner for the City of Royal Oak, 2005 to 2014 and 2015 to present
  • Member, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce
  • Stagecrafters: 25 years as director, actor, crew, board member. Current nominating committee chair
  • Board of directors, Royal Oak Youth Assistance
  • Past president of the Michigan Association of Planning
  • Transportation and infrastructure policy committee for the Michigan Municipal League
  • Represent Royal Oak with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
  • Facilitator for community visioning processes in cities of Eastpointe and Royal Oak; strategic planning facilitator for Michigan Association of Planning Agencies and Wayne State University Canadian Studies Program

Sharlan received a BA in journalism from Michigan State University and has completed the course work for a master’s degree in urban planning at Wayne State University.