Marcella Wilson, Ph.D. / Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Transition to Success

Marcella Wilson, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of extensive experience in healthcare administration, not-for-profit management, behavioral health, criminal justice, and public sector programming.

Her life’s work is dedicated to developing a national standard of care that changes the paradigm of understanding and response to the condition of poverty as a treatable condition, not a character flaw. This is the model for Transition to Success.

Currently an appointee of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, serving on the Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity, Dr. Wilson also serves on the Michigan 211 Board of Directors. She served as a Fellow for the National Alliance for Children and Families; the Long-Term Planning co-chair for Detroit Area Agency on Aging; a member of Wayne State University President’s Advisory; and a member of the Detroit City Council Returning Citizen Task Force. Dr. Wilson has received numerous honors including the 2015 Distinguished Alumni by University of Michigan School of Social Work, the Spirit of Detroit Award, and the Henry Ford Health System Health Education Achievement and Leadership Award. She received an Emmy Award as the creator and executive producer of “WATRUFIGHTN4?” a video and website promoting social activism.

As President/CEO for Matrix Human Services, 2006-2016, Dr. Wilson’s work and research focused on developing a national standard of care to treat the condition of poverty. Her work has been showcased on CBS Evening News and The New York Times and is recognized as a Clinton Global Initiative.

Dr. Wilson, a University of Michigan alumnus, holds degrees in psychology, sociology, a master’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in Health and Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Marcella Wilson and TTS have garnered much local and national attention. Dr. Wilson received the 2017 Women of Impact Award from Focus on Women Magazine and a State of Maryland Governor’s Citation.

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