Eastern Michigan University


Distinguished Alumni

Ingrid Sheldon ’66 earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University. She continued her studies at the University of Michigan to earn her Master of Science degree in Education and taught sixth grade for three years. She is a lifelong resident of Ann Arbor and became involved in local government in 1988 when she was elected to City Council for the Second Ward. During her two terms as councilmember, she served as chair of the Housing Board of Appeals, co-chair of the Hosing Policy Board, and a representative on several other committees, commissions and boards.

Ingrid was elected mayor of Ann Arbor in 1993 and served for four terms before retiring in 2000. In this role, she served on numerous committees, task forces, and boards, including the City Administrator Committee, the City Attorney Committee, and the Budget/Policy Committee. Ingrid has also served as president of the Michigan Municipal League from 1999-2000 and as the City of Ann Arbor’s general assembly delegate to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments where she was vice-chair of the Community and Economic Development Advisory Council. Many diverse issues faced the city during her service, but she counts the establishment of the Commission for Increasing Safety for Women and the Commission for Art in Public Places as particular achievements during her tenure.

Following her years in public service, Ingrid has continued her civic involvement through active participation with several non-profit organizations. Currently, she is actively involved with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and serves as president of the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop and Waterman Alumnae Group. She is a former trustee of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, treasurer of Huron Valley Child Guidance Clinic, and chair of United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) and its Foundation. Every other Tuesday she volunteers as a cleaner at the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop.

Her involvement and service to her community have earned her several honors including recognition from the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County (with husband Cliff), Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor Rotary, the Girl Scouts of America, Ann Arbor Jaycees, HelpSource, Ann Arbor Kiwanis, Cleary University, and the Washtenaw County Bar.

Ingrid enjoys spending time with her family: husband Cliff, children Amy and Bill, daughter-in-law Lori, and six grandchildren. She currently serves as a member of the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees.