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Steve Tobocman has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development, immigrant economic development, and other arenas. Since 2009, Steve has spearheaded Global Detroit. Steve has led the creation and growth of the Welcoming Economies Global Network, a ten-state regional network of 30 local immigrant economic development peer initiatives is helping to make the Rust Belt a leader in immigrant innovation. Global Detroit serves as the lead consultant for the entrepreneurship learning cluster in the White House’s Building Welcoming Communities Campaign, a Presidential effort to encourage local communities to engage in immigrant and refugee integration efforts.
From 2003-2008, Steve served as the State Representative from Michigan 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
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 Welcoming Economies Global Network.
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.
Director of Corporate and Economic Development StrategyThe Director of Corporate and Economic Development Strategy connects Global Detroit programs and the immigrant talent they serve to Detroit’s corporate community and economic development infrastructure. This includes helping to lead Global Detroit’s international student retention (GTRI) and skilled immigrant integration initiatives.
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.
Director of Special ProjectsAs the Director of Special Projects, Beth is part of the team developing Global Detroit's Opportunity Neighborhoods in Banglatown, a place-based community economic development strategy. Beth provides support to the development and operation of Global Detroit’s new and special projects, including launch and growth of the Cultural Ambassadors Program.
Engagement SpecialistJenaba spent the last 10 years organizing diverse communities around the United States to build and strengthen unions, fight for social justice and economic equality and championing progressive political causes. As an Engagement Specialist at Global Detroit, Jenaba works to build community power and capacity on the Banglatown Project by empowering and supporting residents and community organizations
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Engagement SpecialistA natural networker, originally from Bangladesh, Muhit moved to Hamtramck in early 2016 to be with his wife after pursuing higher education in London. As an Engagement Specialist for the Opportunity Neighborhoods Banglatown team, Muhit led six months of community engagement in 2016, and continues to connect with residents across the neighborhood to build place-based community economic development strategies. He works to support community leaders to promote and build healthy, diverse neighborhoods, and increase capacity for social and economic change.
AmeriCorps MemberElias M. Gutierrez is the founder, owner, and publisher of Latino Press, A minority-based business, headquartered in the heart of Detroit. Mr. Gutierrez has run the largest and most recognized Hispanic Media Company in Michigan for the last 23 years. A visionary businessman, Elias discovered the need for Spanish-language media, and decided to fulfill the needs of his community to be connected and well informed. He has transformed the presence, visibility and pride of the Detroit Hispanic community. As an AmeriCorps member with Global Detroit, Elias is connecting immigrant entrepreneurs with resources to launch and sustain main street businesses in Detroit
AmeriCorps MemberDestiny Williams is a recent grad from Western Michigan University where she studied environmental studies and french. During her time there she discovered a passion for working in the community and non profit work. Before joining Global Detroit, Destiny worked as an AmeriCorps member for for Wayne State’s Urban Safety Project and United Way’s Meet and Eat Up Program, where she was later was promoted to the Vista manager. With Global Detroit, Destiny works to gather housing resources to establish or expand immigrant communities in the Detroit area.