ABOUT JASON

Commissioner Morgan is a teacher and community leader who has devoted his life to public service.

First-generation college graduate

The son of a commercial fisherman and school lunch aide, Jason Morgan was raised in Pinconning, Michigan. By working part-time and thanks to state and federal student aid, Jason worked his way through college as a first-generation college student, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. He later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Washtenaw County Commissioner

Jason currently serves as a Washtenaw County Commissioner, representing central Ann Arbor, Burns Park, and Central Ann Arbor. First elected in 2016 and re-elected twice with nearly 90% of the vote, he was elected Chair of the Board in 2019 and served as the county's first-ever LGBTQ chair.

Working with our Progressive Leaders

Over the last ten years, Jason has taken action in various leadership positions in the community, including as:

 

  • Constituent Services Director to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

  • District Director to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

  • Special Advisor to Congresswoman Haley Stevens

  • Transition Director to Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin

  • Director of Government and Community Relations at Washtenaw Community College (WCC)

  • Aide to Congressman John Dingell, working as the Congressman’s liaison to Washtenaw County and managing education-related casework for Michigan's 12th district

  • Aide to Congressman Bart Stupak and Michigan Senate Minority Leader Michael Prusi.

A Strong Record of Community Service

In addition to his leadership in Washtenaw County, Jason serves as a Northern Michigan University Trustee, having been appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and is a service member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Jason’s additional community service includes:

  • Washtenaw County Urban County Executive Committee, Chair

  • Washtenaw Area Transportation Authority, Treasurer

  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Vice Chair

  • Community Action Board, Chair (2013-2017)

  • Criminal Justice Collaborative Council

  • Homeland Security Task Force

  • Environmental Council

  • Brownfield Development Authority

  • Statutory Drain Board

  • Space Plan Committee

  • Board of Public Works, Liaison

  • Youth Commission, Liaison

  • Emergency Medical Services Commission

  • Economic Development Coordinating Committee

  • Economic Development Corporation

  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Legislative Policy Platform Committee, Chair (2020)

  • Democratic National Committee, Delegate (2020)

  • Michigan Democratic Party State Central Committee (2018-present)

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Community Advisory Committee (2017-2020)

  • Jim Toy Community Center, Public Policy, Chair (2012-2017)

  • Washtenaw County Democratic Party, Executive Committee (2011-present)

  • Ann Arbor Democratic Club, Executive Committee (2012-present)

  • Washtenaw Health Initiative Planning Committee (2011-2013)

  • Workforce Intelligence Network, Public Policy Committee (2013-2016)

  • Region 9 Prosperity Initiative, Management Team (2014-2016)

  • Eastern Michigan University LGBT Resource Center Advisory Committee (2013-2018)

  • Ann Arbor Local Officers Compensation Commission (2014-2016)

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, Volunteer (2007-present)


Jason’s passion is serving the community, with a particular focus on addressing economic and social inequality, LGBTQ rights, access to quality public education, transportation, mental health, and criminal justice diversion.