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Satori Shakoor

Satori Shakoor is the founder of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, a monthly storytelling series held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Greg Holman

Greg Holman is Data and Assets Manager of the Detroit Land Bank Authority, analyzing available data, allocating resources, and orchestrating the massive undertaking of ridding Detroit of thousands of blighted residential structures by April 2015.

Anna Clark

Anna Clark is the editor of A Detroit Anthology and a founding member of Literary Detroit, an organization whose mission is to cultivate the city's literary community.

Chad Dickinson

Chad Dickinson is the owner of sustainable furniture company Dickinson by Design and Detroit property and business development company, I'm Here.

Afa Dworkin

Afa Dworkin is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit organization that seeks to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts.


Sintex is a Detroit artist known for his graffiti work, and co-founder of transformative art project Grand River Creative Corridor

Maggie DeSantis

Maggie DeSantis is Executive Director of the Warren/Conner Development Coalition, the first modern community development group to service Detroit's Lower Eastside. 

Curtis Lipscomb

Curtis Lipscomb is Executive Director and founder of KICK!, an organization which supports and advocates for African American gays and lesbians.

Ryan Myers-Johnson

Ryan Myers-Johnson is the founder of Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, an annual platform that allowed emerging experimental and alternative artists in Detroit to showcase their work in full view of the public.

Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant is the owner of Infused PR, a metro Detroit public/media relations and event planning company that counts Mayor Mike Duggan among their clients. 

Nicholas Mukhtar

Nicholas Mukhtar is the co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit Healthy Detroit, a nonprofit public health organization dedicated to building a culture of healthy, active living in the city of Detroit.

Chad Rochkind

Chad Rochkind is the Executive Director of Urban Social Assembly, which works to empower entrepreneurs and social innovators in the city of Detroit.

Barbara Barefield

Barbara Barefield, along with her husband Spencer, is one of the driving forces behind community engagement efforts in the historic Palmer Woods neighborhood, having launched the Palmer Woods Music in Homes concert series and being in a leadership role with the prominent community organization People for Palmer Park,

Justin Mast

Justin Mast is the co-founder of Practice Space, a multi-purpose company that provides physical space, resources, networking opportunities, and guidance to entrepreneurs who aren’t fully prepared to go at it alone just yet.

Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee is the Executive Director of Allied Media Projects, the host organization of the Allied Media Conference, a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every summer in Detroit.
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