At its Monday, Feb. 6 meeting, the East Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously voted to approve Diana Schad as the new first ward commissioner.
Schad will fill a seat vacated by Phillip Skaggs, who was recently elected to the Kent County Commission.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to serve the residents of East Grand Rapids,” Schad said. “We are lucky to live in a vibrant City that celebrates community, diversity and inclusion. I hope to bring a balanced and open-minded attitude as I begin my role with the Commission.”
A native of New Jersey, Schad brings a diverse background to her new role on the Commission. Shortly after graduating college at Rice University in Houston, she worked in public relations and event planning before applying to law school at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. While there, she met her husband, Matt. The couple eventually moved to Washington D.C., where she worked in the law firms of Covington and Burling, LLP and Mintz Levin.
Shortly after her daughter Abby was born, Schad and her husband decided to move back to his native West Michigan to get involved with his family business, Nucraft Furniture.
“We originally landed in another community in the area, but decided fairly quickly to move to East Grand Rapids, where Matt grew up, because there was just something missing,” Schad said. “Now, whether walking through Gaslight Village or taking a hike around the lake, we know that we made the right decision. There is just something special about our community.”
Since moving to East Grand Rapids, Schad has taken an active role in the community. A former member and past president of the Wealthy Elementary PTO, she believes education is critical to the health of the community. In addition to her work in schools, she is active in the greater Grand Rapids community. A graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids, Schad now serves on the Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities board.
“Diana will be an immense asset to our community through her service on the City Commission,” Seibold said. “Her legal background brings a skillset to the Commission that we currently don’t have. Couple that with her passion for our community, we are confident that Diana will serve the residents of the first ward – and the entire City – with the utmost enthusiasm and professionalism.”
Schad will officially begin her roll as commissioner at the Monday, Feb. 20 meeting.
“I look forward to connecting with the staff, commission and residents of East Grand Rapids to learn how I can support – and enhance – the strong quality of life we are fortunate to have in our community,” Schad said.