Seeking Leaders for TRU’s Board of Directors

TRU is searching for dynamic, hard working leaders from across our region to join TRU’s Board of Directors and help us shape the future of transit in metro Detroit.

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Applications are open NOW through January 6!

TRU’s Board of Directors sets our mission and priorities and ensures we have the capacity to succeed. Board members ensure we follow the highest ethical standards and are critical ambassadors to the community.

During November and December, TRU is considering potential new board members to unlock doors to new resources and relationships. Our charge at TRU is to ensure every citizen, including our most vulnerable, can get where they need to go, having access to jobs and opportunities regardless of whether they drive.

TRU brings together leaders from throughout the Detroit region to guide TRU education and advocacy, so shown in these Board and staff members from 2019.

We have board members with social work, education, urban planning, legal, and corporate backgrounds. Some have lots of experience serving on boards, for others this is their first time. Some are daily bus riders, some occasional riders, and others can’t ride. Our board ranges from recent college graduates to community elders.

To continue our commitment to representing the rich diversity of the Detroit region, we’re intentionally seeking applications from:

  • African Americans, Latinx, and other people of color,
  • Seniors,
  • People with disabilities,
  • Macomb and Washtenaw County residents,
  • People with fundraising experience,
  • People with strong connections to Detroit’s business community, and
  • Regular bus riders.

Applications are now being accepted!

TRU Board and staff members 2018

To apply, you should:

  1. Learn more: review our Guide for Prospective Board Members to learn more. Contact with questions or for more information.
  2. Complete an application before January 6. You can apply online or download, complete, and email in the pdf application.

From there:

  1. TRU’s Board Development team evaluates Board candidates in comparison to the skills and connections we need and makes recommendations to the full Board of Directors.
  2. The membership votes to approve the board slate at our Annual meeting in late January.
  3. New board members receive an orientation and begin serving in February.


TRU’s Board meets virtually 8-10 evenings per year plus a day-long leadership retreat and are expected to participate in occasional event and committee work. All board members make a personally significant financial contribution to TRU and assist in fundraising, planning, and community outreach. Board members serve three-year terms, with the ability to serve two consecutive terms.

If you’re curious or interested, please reach out to TRU staff at