Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education

Christine Stead

Christine Stead

Christine Stead is a healthcare management consultant and member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education. She has served on the board since 2010 and is its current president. 

Stead is one of four incumbents running for four seats on the AAPS board. A total of eight candidates are running for those nonpartisan positions on Nov. 6. Each seat is for a four-year term.

Stead's campaign website describes her values in the areas of school funding, high-quality education and transparency, credibility and advocacy. She also lists her top 3 recommendations to the State Board of Education for making changes to Michigan's public school system.

Stead was appointed to the AAPS board in March 2010 after being selected by the trustees in the wake of Adam Hollier’s resignation, which he announced at the board’s Feb. 3, 2010 meeting. She was selected on a 4-2 vote by trustees from among eight candidates. That partial term ran through Dec. 31, 2010. Stead then was elected by voters in November 2010 for a four-year term through Dec. 31, 2014.

Stead is founder and CEO of Headlamp Advisors LLC, an Ann Arbor-based consulting firm focused on the healthcare industry. Previously she was an executive strategist for Blue Cottage Consulting Inc. in Ann Arbor, which also focused on healthcare organizations. She has served as a principal or partner in several other firms, including ECG Management Consultants, CSC, and ACS Healthcare Solutions.

Stead serves on the board and executive committee of Huron Waterloo Pathways, a nonprofit that's helping expand Michigan's network of non-motorized trails.

Stead holds two degrees from the University of Michigan – a bachelors in cellular & molecular biology, and an master of health services administration (MHSA) in health management and policy.

She is married to Jim Stead, who is serving as her campaign treasurer. The couple has two sons who attend Ann Arbor public schools. The family lives on the northwest side of Ann Arbor, near Skyline High School.

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Christine Stead: In The News

A Pivotal Election: A referendum on growth and a school board challenge will shape the city's futureAnn Arbor Observer, November 2018

Meet Your CandidateWe Love Ann Arbor, Oct. 15, 2018

Ann Arbor school board candidates talk achievement gap, teacher evaluations – MLive, Oct. 15, 2018

AAPS Board Candidate Comments (video)Community Television Network, Oct. 4, 2018

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video)Community Television Network, Sept. 24, 2018

Ann Arbor superintendent calls ruling on guns in schools victory for childrenMLive, June 27, 2018

Schools Vote "We shouldn"t look to the state for help," says Ann Arbor school board president Christine SteadAnn Arbor Observer, May 2018

Ann Arbor residents overwhelmingly vote to renew school millageMichigan Daily, May 9, 2018

'Bob Seger Boulevard' could make its way to Ann Arbor's street mapDetroit Free Press, May 9, 2018

Guns and Bullying: Safety Challenges Facing School Leaders Today (video of panel discussion)LeadersConnect, May 4, 2018

Ann Arbor Schools considers modular classrooms for Mitchell, WinesMLive, March 8, 2018

Ann Arbor school board supports students in protesting gun violenceMichigan Daily, Feb. 22, 2018

How the new 3rd grade reading law impacts Ann Arbor SchoolsMLive, Oct. 24, 2017

Local leaders stress civic engagement at SAAN panel Michigan Daily, Oct. 4, 2017

New transgender policy at Ann Arbor Schools sends 'strong message'MLive, June 29, 2017

Ann Arbor Schools to vote on anti-bullying policy for transgender students, immigrantsWXYZ, June 28, 2017

Ann Arbor school board OKs 750 Schools of Choice seats for 2017-18MLive, March 30, 2017

School Board Split Ann Arbor Observer, February 2017

Following deadlock, Ann Arbor school board appoints new trusteeMLive, Dec. 16, 2016

Marry Me! The public schools in Whitmore Lake are under the gun. Is annexation to Ann Arbor the answer? Ann Arbor Observer, November 2014

Meet The Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Christine SteadWEMU, Oct. 21, 2014

Ann Arbor school board member OK after deadly blasts at Boston MarathonOakland Press, April 15, 2013

Ann Arbor school board selects Christine Stead as newest, March 10, 2010