Rad appointed director of planning and economic development

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published April 16, 2019

 Vicky Rad

Vicky Rad


MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County has a new director of planning and economic development.

On April 5, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel appointed Vicky Rad as the director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, or MCPED.

Her appointment is scheduled to be confirmed by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners April 18.

Rad, who previously served as deputy director of MCPED since June 2014, replaces John Paul Rea, who was appointed deputy county executive in January.

“Vicky is highly recognized and regarded statewide as an innovative leader for planning and economic development,” Hackel stated in a press release. “Her outreach and passion for making Macomb County a welcoming place for business is a tremendous asset for the department and for the county as a whole.”

Prior to joining the county in 2013, working in MCPED in the business attraction department, Rad worked at the Detroit Regional Chamber for one year and was responsible for the program management of Connection Point. She also worked at the Macomb Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

“When I made the move from Detroit back to Macomb County, it was very personal because I grew up in Macomb County,” she said. “Detroit was going through a major renaissance; however, I wanted to be part of something much bigger with what was happening in Macomb County.”

Rad, 40, has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Baker College, a Master of Science degree in administration with a concentration in leadership from Central Michigan University and a master’s certificate in government contracting administration from George Washington University.

“You don’t go to school to be an economic developer,” she said. “I fell in love with it. I knew being behind a computer wasn’t for me.”

She currently serves as chair for the Michigan Automotive and Defense Cyber Awareness Team (MADCAT) and is a past president of the Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense. Rad is also involved in the program council for Leadership Macomb, the membership committee for Michigan Economic Developers Association and the board of Advance Michigan.

When asked what the differences in job responsibility are between deputy director and director, Rad said, “It’s greater responsibility in that you’re the head of the department, so there’s a lot of leadership skills that are required.”

A staff of 26 work within MCPED, and Rad will now oversee the broader strategy of the work being done.

What she is looking forward to most in the new position is leading teams, which Rad calls her strongest skill set.

“We have a great strategy for Macomb County, and I look at how do we implement it, really looking at it from driving individuals to help us get there,” she said. “We have a lot of partners in the county and region that support what we do.”

As specified by the Macomb County Charter, the county executive has the authority to appoint department directors. This appointment was confirmed by the Board of Commissioners April 9.