About Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

State Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi is serving her second term in the House and represents the cities of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park and a portion of Detroit.

State Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi has shown time and time again that her commitment and love for the citizens of Detroit has and will always be a top priority. Born the sixth of eight children on Detroit’s eastside, she is proud to still live in the house that she first called home. Representative Tinsley-Talabi graduated from Scripps, Foch and Southeastern High School before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1976 with a dual major in social work and criminal justice. She also participated in the Join Together Leadership Institute Fellowship at Boston University and the Children First Fellowship at Washington State University.

Representative Tinsley-Talabi is committed to improving our community by focusing on its families, neighbors and businesses. She has been instrumental in introducing cutting-edge programs to our community. These multi-year programs have focused on coalition building in the areas of job readiness, substance abuse prevention, and children and family services.


Representative Tinsley-Talabi is committed to helping businesses grow and bring much-needed jobs to our community. She believes education is crucial to revitalizing Michigan and is fighting to ensure that all of our children have access to the quality education they need to reach their full potential and compete for good-paying jobs - no matter where they live. As our voice in Lansing, Representative Tinsley-Talabi is working on issues that our crucial to our quality of life like helping Detroiters avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes and ensuring seniors have access to the health care they need while also protecting them from financial predators.

For the 2013-2014 legislative session, Rep. Tinsley-Talabi will serve on the Financial Liability Reform and Local Government Committees.

City of Detroit - City Council Member (1993 to 2009)

  • Chaired Public Health and Safety Committee

  • Member of Budget, Finance and Audit Committee

  • Responsible for creating Office of Targeted Business Development

  • Added additional revenue yearly to Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services budgets

  • Responsible for ordinance to allow persons to receive city owned property at reduced rate

  • Sought for and successfully increased the number of federal grants received by City of Detroit for crime prevention, substance abuse prevention and treatment

Wayne County Commissioner (1987 to 1990)

  • Member of Public Health Committee

  • Held hearings on trade school recruitment procedures

  • Responsible for increasing sheriff patrols in Detroit parks

  • Supported funding for a new juvenile facility that would place emphasis on behavioral change and counseling

Media Acknowledgements

  • Considered national expert on the impact of advertising messages targeting youth and inner city communities.

  • National and local speaker on various subjects including grassroots organizing, substance abuse prevention and treatment options.


Founder - Mack Alive - Detroit

Founder - Coalition Against Billboard Advertising of Alcohol and Tobacco - Detroit

Founder - Partnership for a Drug Free Detroit - Detroit


Over 100 national and local awards received for leadership in the area of substance abuse Prevention and Community Service including: United States Office of Drug Czar Presidential Award; National Council on Alcoholism Detroit and Vicinity, two-time award recipient; Scenic America National Award for Beautification State of Michigan House Resolution; and Partnership For a Drug Free Detroit Leadership Award, two-time recipient.


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Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

State Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

2nd House District

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