A dedicated progressive with a mission to evoke positive change in society

China Cochran is a feminist activist who works to center Black Women & Girls. She is known throughout the community and has strong relationships with many leaders through her social justice activism, civic engagement, and community involvement.

China has over 10 years in local government, and the non-profit sector working in Communications & Fund Development roles. She also has over 15 years in campaigns & elections having worked on political campaigns with EMILY’s List, Michigan AFSCME Council 25, SEIU Healthcare Michigan and The Michigan Democratic Party. The National Women’s Political Caucus recognized her as Emerging Leader in Politics with the Millie Jeffery Leadership Award. She has also been recognized as an emerging leader by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. 


China is a staunch advocate for youth – she mentors and tutors both girls and boys. She is the former Director/Managing Editor of Our Life in the D, a youth citizen journalism program teaching writing & digital storytelling to youth in some of Detroit’s toughest neighborhoods. China has extensive service abroad, among her travels, she spent a summer teaching at Methodist Primary School in the Gambia, West Africa, and worked as missionary in Brazil with the Church of God in Christ.


China is a serves on the Parent Board of John Mason Elementary School in Detroit as well as the Michigan Black Caucus Foundation. She previously served on the Board of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. China is a volunteer with various organizations including Planned Parenthood, Mothering Justice and the Detroit Branch NAACP. She is also a member of the Women's Committee of the The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 

China Cochran is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Education at Eastern Michigan University. Her dissertation focuses on Black school-aged girls and will offer critical insights on the complexities of Black girlhood. China is a sought after trainer, speaker, writer and thought leader on race, gender, and social justice. She earned her Master of Arts in Social Justice from Marygrove College in Detroit; and her Bachelor of Arts is in Broadcast Journalism from Langston University, a HBCU in Langston, Oklahoma.