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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
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.
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.
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 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 launch and growth of the Cultural Ambassadors Program.
Director, Welcome Mat DetroitMary Lane has worked for many years in immigration legal services and international/immigrant social work at different organizations before starting the Welcome Mat Detroit in 2012. As Director of WM, Mary has a wide variety of duties from organizing networking meetings to public education, and keeping current the WM on-line searchable database of ethnic services and groups and international/ethnic calendar. Full Bio