Nancy Quarles has served as an elected official. She was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1996 and she was term limited in 2002. She served as the Chief Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Vice Chair of the House Tax Policy and the Redistricting and Election Committees, and was a member of the Michigan Capitol and Insurance Committees. Prior to being elected to the House Representatives, Nancy Quarles served as an Oakland County Commissioner and was a member of the General Government and the Planning and Building Committees.
Since 1996, Quarles has been an Adjunct Professor on the staff of Central Michigan University, Sienna Heights University, and Western Michigan University. She now teaches in the global campus master of public administration program in the metro-Detroit area. She is a member in the American Society for Public Administration, American Association for Public Opinion Research, and American Statistical Association.
Dr. Quarles is the advisor for ICMA, International City/County Management Association, at Central Michigan University.