Emily will be the first out nonbinary person elected to the Michigan Legislature!
Emily Dievendorf has made Lansing her home for 25 years. She is an independent political and civil rights consultant and the proud co-owner of a nonprofit bookstore located in Downtown Lansing. Emily is also a passionate advocate for the people of Michigan. She has spent her life championing progressive issues, particularly LGBTQIA equality, racial justice and equality, sexual and domestic violence, women’s rights, and ending HIV/AIDS.
Emily has served as president of the Lansing Association of Human Rights (LAHR), vice president of the board of the Firecracker Foundation, a board member of the Lansing Area AIDS Network as well as with the Ingham County Women’s Commission. In addition, she is a federal appointee to the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and recently completed her second term on the committee on which she most recently served as co-chair.
Dievendorf has built a career around the issues she has spent her life fighting for. As Executive Director for Equality Michigan, she advocated for LGBTQIA inclusive policies among legislators and other political leaders throughout the state and at every level of government. Previously, she worked in the Michigan House of Representatives for Democratic state legislators for nearly a decade, focusing on issues of the judiciary and banking and financial services. There she worked toward equity, accessibility to justice and resources for Michigan residents during Michigan’s foreclosure crisis.
Emily Dievendorf graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University with a degree in social relations.