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Ingrid Tighe is the Director of Economic Development for Oakland County overseeing business development and international business attraction; community development and planning; and the county’s workforce development and veteran services.
Prior to working at Oakland County, Ingrid served as the Executive Director of the Birmingham Shopping District where she planned, organized, coordinated and directed programs and activities designed to promote and foster downtown Birmingham as a center for business, social, cultural and community activity.
She also worked for the State of Michigan, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, overseeing veteran employment developing and implementing policy and statewide initiatives to improve veteran employment and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as a Business Development Manager promoting business investment and job growth in Michigan working with the private sector, local economic developers, and government organizations.
Ingrid attended Vanderbilt University on a four-year R.O.T.C. scholarship and was commissioned as a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer upon graduation. She served from 1998 to 2005 with the 1st Infantry Division in Germany participating in NATO peacekeeping operations in Macedonia and Kosovo and later with the 1st Cavalry Division leading troops in 2004 to 2005 in the combat zone of Baghdad, Iraq.
After honorably separating from the Army, Ingrid used the post 9/11 G.I. Bill to obtain her Master of Public Administration from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.