Steve Tobocman, Director

Steve Tobocman has spearheaded Global Detroit since 2009, authoring the original Global Detroit study which documented the impacts that immigrants have on the regional economy and identified eleven strategic initiatives for its revitalization.  GTRI was originally formed in 2011, one of more than a half dozen distinct initiatives conceived in the Global Detroit Study.  To date, Steve has helped leverage more than $7 million in philanthropic, corporate, individual, and government investment into Global Detroit and its partner initiatives, including GTRI, ProsperUS Detroit, Welcome Mat Detroit, Welcoming Michigan – Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and Cultural Ambassadors. He also has been the driving force around the WE Global Network, a 10-state network of local immigrant economic development initiatives.

Sloan Herrick, Deputy Director

As 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.

Gracie Xavier, Director of Corporate and Economic Development Strategy

The 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.

Advisory Board

David Archbold
Director, International Students & Scholars Office
Oakland University

Tel Ganesan
Kyyba, Inc.

Esther Gunel
Director, Office of International Students
Eastern Michigan University

Greg Handel
Senior Director, Talent Enhancement
Detroit Regional Chamber

Jeff Mason
Executive Director
University Research Corridor

Cyndi McMichael
Director of International Programs
Lawrence Technological University

Karen Phillippi
Deputy Director
Michigan Office for New Americans

Monica Porter
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Kelli Pugh Dixon
Director, Office of International Students & Scholars
Wayne State University

Tracy Schauff
Associate Attorney
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

Manish Senta

Fathy Shetiah
7C Lingo

Steve Tobocman
Managing Partner
Global Detroit-New Solutions Group

Arnold Weinfeld
Prima Civitas