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Program ManagerKate has been with Global Detroit since the launch of the Global Detroit Study in 2010, conducting initial surveys and interviews with nearly 20 organizations that provide critical services for immigrants in southeast Michigan. This work helped launch the Welcome Mat, an online resource connecting immigrants to resource providers. Today, she works with the Global Talent Retention Initiative and organizes Tapestry, Global Detroit’s annual celebration. As an Emmy-winning ad executive, Kate has worked as an account executive at the Turgeon Group and as both senior vice president and president at P.S. Abrams. Kate has served on numerous boards including Southwest Housing Solutions, Life Directions, Women in Communications, and Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit. She also performs throughout Metro Detroit as a jazz vocalist.
Community Engagement SpecialistRezaul anchors Global Detroit’s work in the Banglatown neighborhood of Detroit/Hamtramck, connecting residents and business owners to the resources and opportunities that will help them thrive. Rezaul is the cofounder of Hamtramck Residents Forum, an organization that aims to develop unity among different ethnic groups and promote civic awareness among the residents of Hamtramck, Michigan. He enjoys playing soccer and spending time with children while telling them stories.
Vice President of Global Entrepreneurship and STEM TalentAs the lead on Global Detroit’s talent initiatives, Millie spearheads the Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Global EIR) program and guides strategy for the Global Talent Retention Initiative and Global Talent Accelerator. Millie also works as a faculty affiliate with the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute, developing entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Middle East to benefit refugees and emerging economies. Prior to joining Global Detroit, she provided consulting and growth strategies to over 400 organizations and assisted in the launch of more than 65 startups through roles at the Michigan Small Business Development Center and her own consultancy, A2 LEAP Business Lab. Millie’s family immigrated to the United States from China when she was four years old, and she is happy to now be helping families who began like her own. Outside work, she enjoys discovering scenic running trails and aspires to get her pilot’s license so she can explore the sky. As the daughter of an award-winning New York City chef, she also loves to explore new cuisines off the beaten path.
Community Development Program ManagerEmma engages community members and stakeholders in initiatives focused on financial mobility, homeownership and entrepreneurship in East Davison Village, Banglatown and Southwest Detroit, ensuring that immigrants and long-time Detroiters have a voice in the planning processes that impact their communities. Emma has previous experience working with refugees and international students in Metro Detroit and Lansing. Before joining Global Detroit, Emma worked internationally with the Peace Corps in Mongolia as a community development specialist and English teacher. She graduated from MSU with a BA in Comparative Cultures and Politics. In her free time, Emma enjoys playing in a weekly basketball league, learning new languages, reading and painting.
Chief Operating OfficerSloan leads Global Detroit’s operations, guiding the team in program design and evaluation, cultivating collaborations, and ensuring all systems and processes meet the evolving needs of this responsive, human-centered and creative organization. She aligns Global Detroit’s efforts around a common direction and supports the team in achieving exacting goals, all in the service of achieving the organization’s ambitious vision. As a business owner and consultant at New Solutions Group, Sloan has been working to strengthen the impact of nonprofits for nearly a decade. She is passionate about cities, equity and healthy organizations. In her free time, you can find her kickboxing, hiking and bike riding.
Marketing ManagerAlistair manages Global Detroit's digital media platforms, including social media, website, email marketing and crowdfunding campaigns. He also helps tell Global Detroit’s story through video, photography and the Global Detroit blog. Originally from Uganda, he is an alum of Freedom House Detroit, which serves asylum seekers from around the world. Alistair now volunteers with Freedom House, speaking to community groups about the organization’s mission. He enjoys fashion, working out and spoiling his Golden Retriever, Baby.
Director of CommunicationsKristin leads Global Detroit's messaging, media relations, digital strategy and storytelling, positioning the organization as a national leader in immigrant-inclusive economic development. Prior to joining Global Detroit, she held communications and fund development leadership roles with the Wayne State University Office of Economic Development, TechTown Detroit and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corp. in Oakland, CA. A freelance writer and poet, Kristin’s work has appeared in numerous local and national publications, including the New York Times, Metropolis and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a member of the Writer’s Block poetry workshop at Macomb Correctional Facility and also enjoys hiking and wandering.
Chief Program OfficerMonica oversees Global Detroit’s Opportunity Neighborhoods program, which strengthens Detroit by connecting residents and business owners in immigrant neighborhoods with foreclosure prevention, small business support, community engagement opportunities and other resources they need to put down roots and thrive. Prior to joining Global Detroit, Monica served as the deputy finance director on Rashida Tlaib’s U.S. Congressional Campaign. Before moving to Michigan she worked in Washington, D.C. as a consultant at the U.S. Department of State leading business operations for large financial system implementation and in Philadelphia as the finance manager for the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Monica is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In her free time, she volunteers as a communications liaison at her alma mater, Haverford College, and sings in a chamber choir.
Operations ManagerAfter spending some time in the Detroit tech startup scene, Ashleigh brings her unique skill-set to Global Detroit where she works behind the scenes to help drive the mission of the organization forward. She ensures the organization functions smoothly and strategically, with oversight of office management, HR, scheduling and day-to-day logistics. Ashleigh has lived in Michigan all of her life and graduated from Western Michigan University where she studied organizational communications and met her husband. She is a mom to a 3-year-old pug-mix named Maverick and a daughter named Cece.
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
Program Manager, International Talent and EntrepreneurshipGuiqiu manages Global Detroit's Talent programs, with a focus on the Global Talent Retention Initiative and Global EIR. Guiqiu was an international student and obtained her Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy. Before coming to Michigan, she taught TEFL classes at Chinese universities and gained most of her professional experience working as a program manager for Peace Corps China. Guiqiu travels for leisure whenever possible. She also enjoys reading, visiting historic sites, studying history and learning about new cultures.
Director of Corporate and Economic Development StrategyGracie leads Global Detroit’s neighborhood work in Detroit’s East Davison Village and Common Bond: Muslin Ladies Social Club, a multi-year project bringing women from diverse cultures together through textile arts to build community and advance their economic prospects. A storyteller and creative interventionist, Gracie also facilitates community arts projects, with the aim to build trust, forge cross-cultural connections and lay the groundwork for broadly shared prosperity. A recent German Marshall Fellow, Gracie enjoys travelling the world and photographing her adventures as a citizen diplomat.