• Yolanda Smith Charles for Oakland County Commission Yolanda Smith Charles for Oakland County Commission


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Mission Statement

Yolanda Smith Charles currently serves as President of the Southfield Board of Education and seeks to continue fighting for the citizens of Southfield at the County level of government.


Yolanda Smith Charles is a product of Southeastern Michigan. A graduate of Southfield Public Schools, Ms. Charles has enjoyed what it meant to live in Oakland County. For decades Yolanda has had a birds-eye view of this community and the county that represents it.

As a youngster during the summer months, Ms. Charles learned community working in the 46th District Court and Southfield's Human Services department learning from champions of the Lathrup Village, Oak Park and Southfield communities.

Ms. Charles earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management Information Systems and a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology. As an adjunct professor at the Wayne County Community College District teaching video game design and art for animation Ms. Charles is expressly aware of the importance of workforce development and information systems infrastructure for the viability of our district and the county.

As an 8-yr Trustee on the Southfield Board of Education, Yolanda Smith Charles learned what it takes to work collaboratively but also the necessity of diversity in thought and approach. Ms. Charles wants to take that intensity to the County Commission office to better serve the people of District 17.

Currently, Ms. Charles is developing an Android Application to be used to keep constituents invested, engaged and informed.


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