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Steve Tobocman

Global Detroit
Executive Director
Steve has launched innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development, immigrant economic development, and other arenas, with vision, creativity, and passion. Since 2009, Steve has led Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy mobilizing Metro Detroit’s immigrant potential, as a consultant with New Solutions Group. Global Detroit is nationally recognized as an innovator and expert in leveraging international talent to fill regional businesses’ unmet talent needs, catalyzing the growth and development of immigrant entrepreneurs, and building a global region with competitive advantages in job creation, business growth, and community development.

Steve led the creation and growth of the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network, a ten-state regional network of 20+ local immigrant economic development peer initiatives is helping to make the Rust Belt a leader in immigrant innovation. Steve also helped to develop the Building from Within Alliance, a national network of local micro-enterprise initiatives targeting immigrants and low-income communities of color.

In addition to his leadership in the nonprofit sphere, from 2003-2008, Steve served in the State House. In his last term served as the Majority Floor Leader, the second-ranking position in the Michigan House.

Steve also co-directs the Michigan Political Leadership Program, a bipartisan political leadership training program.