vision

To see Detroit be the most civically engaged city in the nation. 

MISsion

  • Educate residents to be fully engaged in the democratic life of the city;

  • Provide residents reputable information to make informed policy/political decisions;

  • Encourage resident participation in the renaissance of neighborhoods/businesses by establishing and monitoring metrics that measure confidence in city government.

 
 

meet the team

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Sheila cockrel
ceo

MISHA Stallworth
deputy ceo/cpo

ingrid white
engaged and facilitation director

SANDRA STAHL DIRECTOR, POLICY & RESEARCH

debra walker
civic exchange director

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diana flora

CHiEF research officer & policy lab director

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VASSILIS JACOBS
SENIOR POLICY Analyst & detroit documenters manager

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esmat Ishag-Osman

senior policy analyst

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Kelly Larson
chief administrative officer

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Drew Esslinger
events director

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dominique campbell

MILLENNIAL engagement director

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jonilyn paige
events & design COORDINATOR

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kelsey hubbell
social media coordinator

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Sabrina stennis-jefferson
events & logistics

Partners

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Nicole de Beaufort
President
Earlyworks, LLC

 

board of directors

Dennis Archer, Jr., Founding Principal & President, Archer Corporate Services; CEO, Ignition Media Group
Ronald Brown, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wayne State University
Tammy Carnrike, COO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Kathleen (Lisa) Cawley, Managing Director - Health and Public Service, Accenture
Katy Cockrel, Vice President, Finn Partners
Awenate Cobbina, Director of Business Affairs & Associate Counsel, Palace Sports Entertainment and Detroit Pistons
Jehan Crump-Gibson, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Great Lakes Legal Group
Nicole de Beaufort, President, EarlyWorks, LLC
Kathryn B. Harrison, Partner, Harrison Bryant, LLC
Stephen Henderson, Host of Detroit Today (WDET), American Black Journal
Katie Katz, Executive Director of Wealth Advisory, JP Morgan Private Bank
Juan Jose Martinez, PhD, Principal, Cesar Chavez Academy
Hon. Sonya Mays, President & CEO, Develop Detroit, DPSCD Board Treasurer
Debra Pospiech, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Detroit Water & Sewerage Department
Tony Saunders, Partner, Invictus Equity Partners
Shannon Smith, Global Philanthropy Associate, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Dale Thomson, Chair, Department of Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Political Science
Ingrid White, Ingrid White Consulting
Dr. Geneva Williams, CEO, Dr. Geneva Speaks, CEO & Founder, New Seasons Consultants & Collaborators

Special Advisor to the Board
Irvin D. Reid, PhD, President Emeritus of Wayne State University
 

funders/Supporters

Knight Foundation
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Past funders include: 
Applebaum Family Foundation
Kresge Foundation
Skillman Foundation
Wayne State University FOCIS