Zenna Faraj Elhasan is the lead attorney at The Kresge Foundation. She advises the foundation on legal matters, supports the development and enforcement of foundation policies and practices and manages outside counsel relationships. She joined the foundation in 2018.
Previously, Zenna served as corporation counsel for Wayne County, where she led commercial litigation, federal civil rights compliance, labor and employment law and real estate and tax matters. In this role, she also oversaw major projects and restructuring efforts, including the Wayne County jail project, the county’s consent Agreement with the State of Michigan and transfers of the county’s major sewer systems.
Prior to her work in Wayne County, she served as a judicial magistrate and director of probation for the 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and was a partner at Allen Brothers, Attorneys and Counselors, PLLC, where she served as assistant city attorney for the city of Hamtramck from December 2005 through July 2011. She was also a legal assistant in the State of Michigan Attorney General’s office from 2002 to 2004 and served as a Michigan Supreme Court judicial intern to Hon. Chief Justice Robert Young in 2004.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Michigan-Dearborn, a juris doctorate from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and participated in the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School.
Zenna has been recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women Lawyers in 2017 and honored by DBusiness magazine as Top Corporate Counsel in 2018 and 2019. She is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Bar Association Foundation and the Michigan Muslim Bar Association. She was appointed by the Governor of Michigan to serve as a Commissioner on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and serves on a host of nonprofit boards. Zenna is a member of the Michigan State Bar Access to Justice Committee and supports youth education through her service on the board of Hanley International Academy in Hamtramck, Michigan.
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