OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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, 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.

Cindy Pasky
CEO and President, Strategic Staffing Solutions

Dave Meador
Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy

Mike Aaron
Business Manager
Laborers’ Local 1191

Tonya Allen
President
Skillman Foundation

Dr. Colleen Allen
President & CEO
Autism Alliance of Michigan

Rick Blocker
President
Metro AFL-CIO

John Carter
President, Michigan Middle Market
Chase Bank, N.A.

Hilarie Chambers
Executive Director
Reading Works

Matt Cullen
Principal
Rock Ventures LLC

Bruce Dall
President
Motor City Casino & Hotel

David Dauch
CEO
American Axle Manufacturing

Alessandra DiNello
Chief Executive Officer
Flagstar Bank

Bill Dirksen
VP of Labor Affairs
Ford Motor Company

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

John Fox
Chief Executive Officer
Beaumont Health

Mark Gaffney
Business Agent
Teamsters Local Union 214

Mike Haller
President
Walbridge

Dr. Curtis Ivery
Chancellor
Wayne County Community College District

John James
CEO
James Group International, Inc.

Wright Lassiter, III
CEO
Henry Ford Health System

Thomas Lewand, Jr.
CEO
Shinola

Conrad Mallett, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Sinai Grace Hospital

Mike McLauchlan
Vice President of Government Relations
Illitch Holdings

David Meador
Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer
DTE Energy

Jean Meyer
Chief Operating Officer
Ascension of MI

La June Montgomery Tabron
President
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Cindy Pasky
President and CEO
Strategic Staffing Solutions

Mark Reuss
Executive VP Global Product Development, Purchasing, & Supply Chain
GM Company

Andra Rush
Chief Executive Officer
Rush Trucking

Jimmy Settles
Vice President
UAW

Calvin Sharp
Executive Vice President, Retired
Penske Corporation

Michelle Sourie Robinson
Chief Operating Officer
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Toney Stewart
Executive Director
Michigan Regional Counicl of Carpenters and Millwrights Local 687

Brigadier General Michael Stone
Assistant Adjutant General – Installations and DMVA Deputy Director
Michigan Army National Guard and DMVA

Scott Thiele
Chief Procurement Officer
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Alice Thompson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Black Family Development

Bishop Edgar Vann
Bishop
Second Ebenezer Church

Frank Venegas
Chief Executive Officer
Ideal Group

Carla Walker-Miller
CEO
Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC

Dr. Nikolai Vitti
Superintendent
Detroit Public Schools

Roy Wilson
President
Wayne State University

Nia Winston
President
Unite Here Local 24