Detroit, MI, April 17, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced the appointment of Carolyn Normandin, as Regional Director of ADL Michigan, headquartered in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Normandin is an experienced leader whose career trajectory has involved senior positions at The Charles H. Wright Museum and General Motors.
Normandin, who has served on ADL Michigan’s Regional Board for four years, brings a wealth of experience in philanthropy and communications to her new role, having experience in both the for-profit as well as non-profit sectors. Most recently, Normandin led marketing, sales and operations at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
In her new capacity, Normandin will be responsible for leading ADL’s Michigan Regional Office, which focuses on combating anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds in the state through advocacy, community service and anti-bias education. Normandin assumes her new position today.
“We are excited that Carolyn has joined the Michigan team and we are very much looking forward to her efforts to combat hate across our state,” said Margaret Hall, ADL Michigan Regional Board Chair. “Carolyn is deeply passionate about our mission to fight anti-Semitism and bigotry through advocacy and education.”
In addition to leading sales and operations at The Wright Museum, Normandin worked for General Motors in a variety of areas, including the GM Foundation, Public Policy, Brand Communication and Diversity & Inclusion. Normandin led communications for 18 product launches and was responsible for leading internal and external communication strategies on dozens of national projects, such as GM’s support for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Over the course of her GM tenure, she received numerous awards for projects involving safety and technology, including GM’s top honor, the Chairman’s Award of Excellence, three times.
Born in Detroit and raised in Southeastern Michigan, Normandin attained her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University. She volunteers at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Alternatives For Girls, a Detroit-based organization dedicated to helping homeless and high-risk young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation.
“I am looking forward to working with the rest of the Michigan office staff to continue ADL’s mission," Normandin said. “While anti-Semitic incidents have increased all across the country, in the state of Michigan alone we have seen an 87 percent increase in the last 12 months, making our work as pertinent as ever.”
For more than sixty years, ADL’s Michigan office has combated anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry by investigating and exposing extremism. ADL also protects and advocates for civil rights and religious freedom by educating children and adults and by promoting diversity and respect through its many programs.
Normandin succeeds Heidi Budaj, who has led ADL’s Michigan office for the past five years.