Michael “Ari” Mandelbaum took the oath of office to serve on the Southfield City Council on Monday, April 27, 2015. Mr. Mandelbaum will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Councilman Kenson Siver as the sixth place candidate for Southfield City Council in the November 5, 2013 election. Mr. Mandelbaum will serve the remainder of Councilman Siver’s term which expires in November of 2017. Former Councilman Siver resigned his seat in April to run for Mayor of Southfield in the November election.
“I am excited for the opportunity to help lead the city,” commented Mr. Mandelbaum. “I will make myself available to residents and businesses ensuring Southfield is the premier destination to work, live and play.”
Mr. Mandelbaum holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Wayne State University, with a concentration in Management & Marketing, and a Graduate Certificate from Lawrence Technological University in Project Management. He works as a Senior Analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, supporting projects and compliance initiatives as it relates to health care reform mandates. He is also a lead instructor in business courses for the Michigan Jewish Institute.
Mr. Mandelbaum is a long-time resident of Southfield. He served on the Total Living Commission for six years, including four years as its chairman, working to improve the quality of life in the city. He will use his experience on the commission and as a community advocate to improve Southfield and to promote it as an exceptional environment in which to raise children, a place where residents can prosper, and businesses can succeed. “The knowledge and experience I gained on the Total Living Commission is invaluable,” added Mandelbaum. “I have a running start working with city departments to improve quality of life in the city.” His goal is to make Southfield the premier destination to work, live and play!
Mr. Mandelbaum is actively involved in many charities and non-profit organizations including serving on the board of several of them. In 2014, he was named as an Oakland County “Elite 40 under 40” by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
He is married to Bina and they have three adorable children.