Brenda Motley-Aikens is Vice President of Ross Innovative Employment Solutions, a multi-state workforce development company. As Vice President, she manages all of the company’s southeast Michigan workforce development programs and human resource functions. In this capacity she is additionally responsible for ensuring efficient and effective program outcomes and excellence in program quality. She oversees programs that are designed to assist citizens in rebuilding their lives and families through self sufficiency and economic growth for local communities.
A Certified Workforce Development Professional, Brenda has a vast amount of experience in both the public and private sectors of the workforce industry. Prior to her current position, Brenda was a long-time employee of the City of Detroit’s Workforce Development Department (formerly Employment and Training Department- ETD). Her long and successful service with the ETD culminated in her appointment to Department Deputy Director. Brenda is respected by her contemporaries as a dedicated and hardworking professional.
A native Detroiter, Brenda is a product of the Detroit Public School system. She earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Juris Doctor Degrees from Wayne State University and Wayne State University Law School, respectively. She is a Certified SCAO Approved Civil Mediator and Certified Workforce Development Professional.
Brenda maintains a commitment to serving the Detroit community. This commitment is seen in Brenda’s service on numerous boards and committees. She is currently Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Community Social Services of Wayne County (formerly Catholic Social Services of Wayne County), past Vice Chair of the Legal Aid and Defender Association Policy Board, past Secretary of the Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan, past member of the Alkebu-lan Village Board of Directors and a state elected Board Member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals where she previously served on the Executive Committee.
Brenda is a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan. She is a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s prestigious Leadership Detroit program and, in 2008, she received the Imani Award from Alkebu-lan Village for her long-term service to the organization. She has been named in the Fourth and Fifth Editions of Who’s Who in Black Detroit and was named as a 2011 Woman of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle. Also during 2011, Brenda was honored by Catholic Social Services of Wayne County with a Leadership Recognition Award.