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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
Chief Operating OfficerAs Chief Operating Officer, 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, Opportunity Neighborhoods, and the Welcoming Economies Global Network. As COO, Sloan works closely with team members to ensure Global Detroit's future is as successful as its past.
Vice President of Global Entrepreneurship and STEM TalentMillie spearheads the Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Global EIR) program. Through Global EIR, Millie supports international founders in the high-growth, advanced technology industry by providing a pathway to establish their business in Michigan, create new jobs, attract investment, and improve economic prosperity for our region. In addition, Millie oversees strategic approaches for the Cultural Ambassadors program and the Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI) to cultivate diversity and inclusion through international student retention. Prior to Global Detroit, Millie has provided personalized consulting and growth strategies to over 400 organizations, assisted in launching over 65 startups, and taught business and international entrepreneurship for 10 years at Michigan colleges and universities. She utilizes her background in entrepreneurship consulting, higher education, and building entrepreneurship ecosystems abroad, to generate economic growth and create an innovative economy for Michigan. As the daughter of retired New York city chef, Millie naturally became a foodie and loves to explore new cuisines by going off the beaten path whenever she visits a city or foreign country. Being an adventurer and explorer at heart, Millie loves to discover scenic running trails and aspires to get her pilot license so she can explore the ground and the sky.
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 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 serves as the Systems Change Manager for Global Detroit. 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.
Chief Program OfficerMonica oversees the Opportunity Neighborhoods team! She 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 the neighborhoods.
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.
Community Development Project ManagerJai is graduate of Temple University and received his Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan. Jai has a strong passion for learning from and working with under-served communities. He connects communities to resources and builds relationships with Detroit’s various immigrant neighborhoods. In his free time, Jai enjoys visiting local museums, watching Michigan sports and his hometown teams.
Community Engagement SpecialistRezaul is the anchor of Global Detroit’s outreach strategy in the Banglatown neighborhood of Detroit, connecting residents with homeownership and home repair programs, community engagement opportunities, small business support and other resources they need to put down roots and thrive here in Detroit. In addition to his work at Global Detroit, Rezaul is the co-founder of Hamtramck Residents Forum, an organization assisting new comers in Hamtramck.
Director of CommunicationsKristin Palm leads Global Detroit's messaging, media relations, digital strategy and storytelling, all in the service of positioning the organization as a regional and national leader in immigrant-inclusive economic development. She has more than 20 years' experience as a journalist, educator, fundraiser and communications professional, with a focus on community development and the arts. Prior to joining Global Detroit, she served as Director of Communications for the Wayne State University Office of Economic Development and TechTown Detroit. Kristin is a also a freelance writer and poet. Her work appears in numerous local and national publications, including Metropolis, New York Daily News, Metro Times and Crain's Detroit Business.
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).