Agustin V. Arbulu
-- Agustin V. Arbulu is executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and currently serves as Chair of the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Currently serves as the highest ranked Latino/Hispanic official in Michigan.
Dr. Arbulu serves as chief executive officer of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) and a member of the cabinet of Governor Snyder for Michigan. Oversees a workforce of over 105 statewide with an annual budget of over $17 million and three (3) offices (Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit). MDCR serves as the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (Commission) enforcing the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and related disability laws in Michigan Michigan Department of Civil Rights. In addition, the Division of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing is an important division of MDCR addressing issues affecting this underserved community.
In 2017, Dr. Arbulu worked with the Commission in drafting, preparing and releasing its Report: The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism Through the Lens of Flint[] [] []. He is leading an initiative centered on embedding racial equity within local government to reduce and eliminate disparities affecting underserved communities in Michigan [] [] [] [].
Before joining MDCR, Arbulu held various senior management positions in an integrative, post-acute care network aimed at reducing re-hospitalization and maximizing patient satisfaction as well as having taught management, business, and finance related courses at the MBA level.
Arbulu earned an executive doctorate degree in management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management [] where he wrote his doctoral dissertation: Workforce Development in a Small Manufacturing Organization []. In addition, Arbulu holds two MBAs – first from Thunderbird School of Global Management and the second from Lawrence Technological University - as well as a JD from University of Detroit School of Law and an LLM (in Taxation) from New York University Law School.
Arbulu was born in Trujillo, Peru, growing up in Lima, Peru before moving to the United States. He is of Afro-Peruvian and Chinese-Peruvian descendant.
Arbulu has been involved in a variety of civic and community organizations. He was President and Founder of the Hispanic Bar of Michigan and Hispanic Business Alliance and has served on a number of boards including Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Leadership Detroit and Lyric Chamber Ensemble. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph-Oakland Hospital, part of St. Joseph Mercy Health System as well as member of the State Bar of Michigan.
In 2013 Arbulu was appointed to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission by Governor Snyder and held the office of Secretary and member of the Executive Council until October of 2015 when he was named executive director of MDCR [] [].
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