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Steve Tobocman has spearheaded Global Detroit since 2009, authoring the original Global Detroit study and helping to leverage more than $7 million in philanthropic, corporate, individual, and government investment into Global Detroit and its partner initiatives. He also has been the driving force around the WE Global Network, a 10-state network of local immigrant economic development initiatives.
From 2003-2008, Steve served as the State Representative from Michigan's 12th State House District in Detroit, home to one of the state’s largest immigrant communities, and ended his term as the Majority Floor Leader, the second-ranking position in the Michigan House. Full Bio
Raquel Garcia Andersen
Director of Partnerships and Community OutreachRaquel spent 15 years in higher education before working as an immigrants rights organizer in southeast Michigan. As the Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach, Raquel works to build community awareness of Global Detroit's southeast Michigan revitalization initiatives. She also establishes relationships and partnerships that focus on empowering people and neighborhoods through economic development tools.
Senior Strategist, People, Policy, and PlacemakingFrancis has been a member of the Global Detroit since 2011 and has worked on a variety of community and policy-related matters, including work around Global Detroit's nearshoring initiative, the tracking of the EB-5 investor visa program, and the development of a community planning process in one of Detroit's immigrant neighborhoods.
Deputy DirectorAs Deputy Director, Sloan helps chart Global Detroit's future growth and strategic response to an increasing demand for the organization's vision and services. Since 2011, Sloan has been instrumental in launching Global Detroit strategic initiatives including ProsperUS Detroit, the Detroit Strategy, and the Global Great Lakes Network.
Program ManagerKate Brennan joined Global Detroit in 2010 to assist in the development of the Welcome Mat Guide which highlights organizations in the metro area and the immigrant services they provide. Her current responsibilities include oversight and coordination of activities of two Global Detroit partner initiatives, GTRI & Welcome Mat, and its partner Upwardly Global. She assists with communications and special Global Detroit projects.
New Media & Special Projects ManagerAs the Manager of New Media and Special Projects, Beth leads and implements the communications strategy through Global Detroit’s virtual presence and visual communications. Beth provides support to the development and operation of Global Detroit’s new and special projects, including coordination of the Cultural Ambassadors Program.