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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 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.
Director of Startups and STEM TalentThe Director of Startups and STEM Talent helps connect Global Detroit’s programs and leads the Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence (GEIR) initiative. Millie works to enhance the talent pool of startup founders, attract dynamic startups to the region, accelerate the growth and job creation of immigrant-founded startups in the region, and build a global region that attracts talent, investment, and interest from international students, immigrant talent, and investors.
Director of Housing and Special ProjectsRaquel 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 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.
Program Director, Cultural AmbassadorsA Detroiter since birth, Shaffwan has been actively involved in community work since he was a child. He has always possessed a knack for problem solving and thinking outside of the box, which served him well when he led a previous employer's corporate social responsibility team. This team ran a water and food drive for Flint, Michigan residents – providing over 1,000 families impacted by the lead crisis with food and clean water. Shaffwan will be serving as the Systems Change Manager for Global Detroit, and he is excited that his work will serve as a turning point for community members throughout the city. Shaffwan is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in public relations. Shaffwan resides in the BanglaTown neighborhood of Detroit, and is currently a student in the MBA program at Michigan State University. In his free time you can find him playing football with friends and spending time on Belle Isle.
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.
Business Engagement SpecialistThe Business Engagement Specialist is responsible for improving access to services and resources that helps businesses improve and grow. Aladeen is focused on outreach and support for the business communities in Banglatown and Hamtramck, and including all operating businesses in the general vicinity. Furthermore, the Business Engagement Specialist will support aspiring entrepreneurs looking to launch their businesses.
Opportunity Neighborhoods Project ManagerAs the Opportunity Neighborhoods Project Manager, Monica uses her management and capacity building skills to efficiently track projects, keep data useful and effective, manage success on projects, and help build on the work that Global Detroit is already doing in these neighborhoods.
Social Media Marketing SpecialistOriginally from Uganda, Alistair is part of Global Detroit's Communications team as the Social Media Marketing Specialist. He manages Global Detroit's social media marketing campaigns and day-to-day activities including, but not limited to developing relevant content topics to reach Global Detroit's target audiences, creating, curating, and managing all published content (images, video and written).