Ernestine Lyons
Councilwoman, City of Detroit/City of Harper Woods

Born and Raised in Detroit, Ernestine Lyons has always dreamed of leaving her mark on the world. Her small business, Linglobal, teaches Metro Detroit kids about the importance of learning a foreign language and traveling. Her non-profit establishes scholarships for them to do so, in addition to capacity building in neighborhoods.

She has a Master's degree in International Relations and Political Science from Wayne State University. She also studied at St. Petersburg State Economics University in Russia analyzing emerging markets and developing economies. Prior to that she Studied at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China and University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Lyons speaks 4 languages among them Russian and Mandarin Chinese and has traveled to over 17 countries. She works for the City of Detroit and is currently a Harper Woods City Council-member.