From Our Co-Chairs

Detroit is in the midst of robust recovery and growth. We agreed to serve as co-chairs of the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board because we know that Detroiters want to work, and we are thrilled to support the City-wide effort to remove the systematic barriers that prevent all Detroiters from finding employment.

Our board unifies leaders from industry, education, government, philanthropy, labor, and community organizations around a common mission to:

      • Ensure that Detroiters are able to gain the skills and support required to obtain jobs and enter career pathways; and
      • Ensure that Detroit employers can locate City residents with the skills they need to fill jobs.

Our Board has set an audacious goal to employ 40,000 more Detroiters. Our work centers on assembling a portfolio of investments and strategies that will help us to reach this goal. Our efforts to date have included: revitalizing the Randolph Technical Career Center as a hub for developing construction-related skills for both youth and adults, employing over 8,000 young people every summer through Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program, and supporting accelerated and targeted training initiatives that provide Detroiters with career pathways into the skilled trades, manufacturing, information technology, healthcare, and other high-growth, high-demand industries.

Detroiters are building skills that give them access to careers in a rapidly changing Detroit landscape through new and expanded training initiatives. Our success with these training programs shows current and future Detroit employers they can grow in Detroit, and should provide them with confidence that the City is developing a talent pool to sustain their growth.

We have an enormous opportunity to support our City’s economy, and the long-term commitment across every constituency on our board is both unprecedented and impressive. We are honored to work side by side with so many dedicated and talented people in improving our City and the lives of Detroiters.

Dave Meador
Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy, retired

Darienne Hudson, Ed.D.
President & CEO, United Way of Southeast Michigan

Alice Thompson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Black Family Development

Andra Rush
Chief Executive Officer
Dakkota Integrated Systems

Angelique Power
President & CEO
Skillman Foundation

Bill Robinson
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

Bill Kingsley
Managing Director
UHY Advisors

Bruce Dall
Motor City Casino & Hotel

Byron Osbern
Business Representative
IBEW Local 58

Carla Walker-Miller
Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC

Dr. Colleen Allen
President & CEO
Autism Alliance of Michigan

Conrad Mallett, Jr.
Corporation Counsel
City of Detroit

Dr. Curtis Ivery
Wayne County Community College District

Dr. Darienne Driver-Hudson
President & Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Southeast Michigan

Dave Meador
Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, retired
DTE Energy

Bishop Edgar Vann
Second Ebenezer Church

Faye Nelson
Director of MI Programs
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Jeff Donofrio
President & CEO
Business Leaders for Michigan

Secretary Jocelyn Benson
Secretary of State
State of Michigan

Joshua Sirefman
Michigan Central Station

Dr. Kimberly Espy
Wayne State University

Kofi Bonner

Mark Gaffney
President Emeritus, MI AFL-CIO and WSU Board of Governors
Teamsters Local Union 214

Mark Reuss
General Motors

Michelle Sourie-Robinson
President & CEO
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Mike Aaron
Business Manager
Laborers’ Local 1191

Mike McLauchlan
Vice President of Government Relations
Illitch Holdings

Mike Haller

Nia Winston
Unite Here Local 24

Dr. Nikolai Vitti
Detroit Public Schools

Scott Thiele
Chief Procurement Officer
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Tony Tomczak
Vice President of Electric Sales & Marketing
DTE Energy