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Annie Fenton

Michigan Office for New Americans
MITS Program Director
Annie Fenton is the Program Director of the Michigan International Talent Solutions (MITS) program within the Office of Global Michigan. The MITS program is primarily focused on immigrant and refugee workforce issues, and partners with state agencies to remove/minimize barriers to provide more equitable access to state level programs and services. Annie previously served as Senior Associate for Employment Services with Upwardly Global and launched their Detroit office in 2014. She also has extensive experience in capacity building and technical assistance for nonprofits, having previously served as statewide Capacity Building Manager with the Michigan Nonprofit Association. She served as a founding member of the City of Detroit Immigration Task Force, and has supported several local initiatives aimed at serving newly-arrived immigrants in Southeast Michigan. Her diverse experience includes directly working in refugee employment services and community and economic development initiatives across the United Kingdom and Ireland. She holds a MA in Politics, Ethnic Conflict from Queens University in Belfast, U.K. and a BA in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in Richmond, IN.