Seeking Leaders for TRU’s Board of Directors

TRU is looking for dynamic change-makers from across our region to apply to join TRU’s Board of Directors and help us shape the future of transit in metro Detroit.

You support Detroit Transit, why not help lead it? TRU is accepting applications for its board of directors.

Applications are open NOW through December 31st!

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’s Board of Directors guides TRU’s work and ensures we have the capacity to succeed. Board members are critical ambassadors to the community, help expand TRU’s network, and ensure we follow the highest ethical standards.

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 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, while developing the relationships and resources we need, we’re intentionally seeking applications from:

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

Applications are now being accepted!

To apply, you should:

TRU’s 2020 Board retreat went virtual, as have most Board meetings in recent years.

  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 December 31st. Apply online.

From there:

  1. TRU’s Board Development team evaluates Board candidates in comparison to the skills and connections we need, sometimes meeting with candidates where we have additional questions, then makes recommendations to the full Board of Directors, which makes a recommendation to the full membership.
  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 Board and staff members at a leadership planning retreat in 2018

TRU’s Board meets virtually 8-10 evenings per year plus one weekend leadership retreat and are participate in occasional events and committee work. All board members make a personally significant financial contribution to TRU and strive to raise $1,000 or recruit 10 new members each year to ensure TRU can grow. Board members are also important community ambassadors, spreading the word and connecting TRU with leaders and organizations in their network. 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

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