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GreenLight Fund Detroit Names Inaugural Selection Advisory Council

Nov 15, 2017



Cross-sector group of leaders and residents from across Detroit will help choose annual social impact investment. 

November 15, 2017 – GreenLight Fund Detroit announced today it has convened a robust group of Detroit leaders and residents from across sectors to guide its philanthropic selection process. The Selection Advisory Council includes nonprofit and community leaders, corporate executives, philanthropists, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and city officials:

  • Diane Antishin – VP, HR Operations, DTE Energy
  • Lizabeth Ardisana – CEO, ASG Renaissance
  • Christopher Brooks – Senior Pastor, Evangel Ministries
  • Larry Burns – President/CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
  • Kenyetta Campbell – Executive Director, Cody Rouge Community Alliance
  • Mary Culler – Director, Office of Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
  • Brian Demkowicz – Managing Partner/Co-founder, Huron Capital Partners
  • Tiffany Douglas – SVP, CSR Market Manager, Bank of America
  • Ryan Friedrichs – Chief Development Officer, City of Detroit Mayor’s Office
  • Patti Glaza – VP/Managing Director, Invest Detroit Ventures
  • Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp – COO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Paty Hinojosa – Senior Program Officer, The Skillman Foundation
  • Laura Hughes – VP, Communications & Community, Strategic Staffing Solutions
  • Cheryl Johnson – CEO, COTS (Coalition On Temporary Shelter)
  • Kofi Kenyatta – Detroit Director, Family Independence Initiative
  • Kate Levin Markel – President, McGregor Fund
  • Conrad Mallett Jr. – CEO, Sinai-Grace Hospital
  • Sonya Mays – CEO/Founder, Develop Detroit
  • Donna Murray-Brown – President/CEO, Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • Amy Peterson – CEO/Co-founder, Rebel Nell
  • Chris Rizik – CEO and Fund Manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund
  • Maria Salinas – Executive Director, Congress of Communities
  • Alice Thompson – CEO, Black Family Development
  • Chris Uhl – Executive Director, Eastern Region, IFF
  • Daniel Varner – President/CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

“I’m thrilled to have such a diverse and committed group of Detroiters working collaboratively to tackle important issues around poverty,” said GreenLight Fund Detroit founding executive director Rishi Moudgil. “Our Selection Advisory Council is a critical vehicle for multiple, cross-sector inputs into our process and each member brings a vital perspective.”

GreenLight Fund Detroit is a part of a national venture philanthropy organization that launched in Detroit in 2017. Driven by a local process to identify critical needs and gaps for low-income families and children, GreenLight Fund invests in and supports replicating proven social impact programs into new urban areas. The Selection Advisory Council brings expertise, insight, and local knowledge to a rigorous process that results in one major investment annually, beginning in 2018 for Detroit.

About GreenLight Fund

The GreenLight Fund is a national venture philanthropy organization that transforms the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating local infrastructure and a consistent annual process to identify critical needs and bring in and sustain social impact programs locally. Founded in Boston in 2003, GreenLight has grown to six cities since 2013 including Detroit in 2017. GreenLight aims to grow a national network of sites that learn and work collaboratively to find and spread proven social impact solutions that achieve meaningful and measurable impact on critical issues in local communities.

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