Critical Priorities

The mission of the Pontiac Policy Council (P2C) is to provide education regarding local, state, and federal policy through civic engagement by providing resources and tools to the Pontiac community to advocate for policy change. P2C provides a platform to leverage the resources and collaborative efforts of the community to move Pontiac forward economically, politically, and socially. P2C seeks to establish a coalition of committed community agencies, grassroots organizations, and institutions to engage, educate, and empower the residents of Pontiac.

Pontiac Policy Council strives to be a conduit for political and policy initiatives for progressive change and social justice that leads to equity and equal opportunity. P2C will achieve this by establishing a cohesive, collaborative network that emphasizes political and policy entrepreneurship to usher in sustainable, systemic change in the City of Pontiac utilizing a grassroots, bottom up approach.

  • Integrity: Do the right thing regardless of the consequences
  • Pursuit of Excellence: Continually strive to exceed the expectations of our community
  • Accountability: Take responsibility for individual and collective actions
  • Collaboration: Work with others to achieve collective and individual goals
  • Passion: We are inspired to make a lasting impact that future generations can build upon
  • Civic Engagement
  • Micro-enterprise
  • Promotion of inclusive governance and political awareness
  • Family enrichment through arts, health, education, and sports

Our Team

Autumn Butler

Executive Director of Pontiac Policy Council (P2C)

Autumn Butler was born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area, first in Detroit, and later in Farmington Hills. At a very young age Autumn was confronted with the inequality and racial and economic disparities ever present in our metropolitan community. Though as a young girl she could not articulate or understand the sharply contrasting experience and perspectives that she experienced as she headed to school in the city each day to St. Mary’s of Redford on the northwest side of Detroit and left late in the evening to return home to Farmington Hills, Autumn was aware of these differences and always wondered why it was this way and how did it become like this? At 18, she headed to Florida A&M University, a HBCU in Tallahassee, FL where she enjoyed her college experience and some of her childhood questions began to be answered. After graduating magna cum laude from FAMU, Autumn literally crossed the railroad tracks to attend Florida State University to work on a dual Master’s degree in both Urban and Regional Planning and Public Administration. Again, she was confronted with the reality of inequality and disparity that existed in the intersection of race, class, and gender. Now, in her early twenties Autumn began to understand these inequalities thwarted opportunity and choked potential and ultimately led to a power imbalance and lack of access to resources for minorities and those with a lower socio-economic status.

As a young urban planner in Dallas, TX, Autumn traveled throughout the U.S. developing neighborhood revitalization plans for urban communities. She learned the issues, concerns, and disparities that she experienced and witnessed as a child were present in urban, working class communities everywhere. Determined to make a change, Autumn returned home and began working in Pontiac for a variety of non-profit organizations developing and now implementing neighborhood revitalization plans that focused on economic development, affordable housing, civic engagement, and financial literacy. After eight years of working at nonprofit organizations, Autumn returned to pursue her PhD in Political Science with a major in Urban Politics at Wayne State University so that she can devote full-time study to the inequalities that had surrounded her throughout her life. Currently, Autumn Butler is the executive Director of Pontiac Policy Council (P2C), a public policy oriented nonprofit organization in Pontiac that has a goal of educating, engaging, and empowering Pontiac residents on public policies that impact Pontiac families. P2C not only wants Pontiac residents to be aware of public policies that affect them but how to advocate for positive change in their own communities.

Tameka Ramsey

Senior Project Manager

Tameka is the Founder and Senior Associate at T. Ramsey & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in training, branding and empowering nonprofits and small business.

Tameka is a sought after consultant, who works one on one with executive directors, program directors, organizers, and support staff, providing training and coaching to grow the capacity of organizations though, technical assistance, strategic planning and professional development.

A native of Pontiac, Michigan, Tameka has an Associates Degree in Mental Health/Social Work from Oakland Community College; a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a dual concentration of Local Government and Nonprofit Management from Oakland University. In addition to her formal education, Tameka has over 12 years of experience in community organizing, advocacy and leadership development. She has received training from Neighbor Works America, Center for Progressive Leadership, Midwest Academy, the Gamaliel Organization and others.

Tameka is married to Michael, an auto worker for GM and they have three children.

Community Profile Resources & Events

Energy Tax Credit 2016

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Voting + 1 (Voting is just the first step...we have to continue our journey for complete access and opportunity to the American Dream for Communities of Color).

10 Things You Can Do To Get Involved:

  1. Register to Vote
  2. Vote in the August and November elections
  3. Encourage people to file an absentee ballot to ensure they vote in August and November
  4. Use social media to make your circle aware of the policy issues that impact your life (i.e. the library millage
  5. Take two people with you to the polls
  6. Send out a text blast to your circle on voting day to remind them to vote
  7. Have political conversations with your family, friends, neighbors
  8. Join an engaged group such as Pontiac Policy Council or Mothering Justice
  9. Start a community group with the purpose of creating positive change in policy (i.e. Block Club, Neighborhood Watch, Parent’s Group)
  10. Provide feedback and input to entities who are politically engaged and active – Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Important Information

Go to this website to make sure you are registered to vote, to see where to vote, and to see a sample ballot.


Mothering Justice and Black Women Roundtable

Pontiac Policy Council along with Mothering Justice and Black Women Roundtable were ecstatic and excited to be able to bring the movie Step to more than 70 women and children on Friday, August 11th at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, MI.  We at indebted to the producers of the movie for giving us almost 50 free tickets and to the staff of Emagine Theater for making the event a fun and inspiring event for all of us.

Step is a movie that follows the lives of young, Black girls from an all girls Baltimore academy as they use step to help navigate their everyday lives and move towards graduation.  It was an inspiring movie that reminds us all of the power of perseverance and the belief in yourself.  For the adults, it was a reminder to continue to work hard to ensure that all of our youth have access to opportunities and resources so that they can achieve their dreams and aspirations.  Also, it was an encouraging message that mentors and adults CAN make a positive difference in young peoples' lives.

Pontiac Policy Council continues to be invested in the lives of Pontiac families through a platform that centers on civic engagement, access to resources, and economic self-determination.  We look forward to future events and opportunities to collaborate with like-minded organizations and individuals.

Mother in Justice 2016

Election Day 2016

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(248) 392.2954