Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation


The Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of DESC’s day to day operations.   Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation is the fiscal and administrative agent designated by the Mayor and the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board (MWDB), a board appointed by the Mayor.  The MWBD is responsible for policy planning, oversight and evaluation of programs and services provided by DESC for the city of Detroit.

Members of both these boards are as follows:

DESC Board

  • Michael Aaron Laborers’ Local 1191
  • Lena Barkley CVS Health
  • Nicole Sherard-Freeman Mayor’s Workforce Development Board
  • Chris Phillips Operating Engineers Local 324
  • Ric Preuss IBEW Local 58
  • Alice Thompson Black Family Development
  • Chris Uhl International Finance Fund
  • Maria Woodruff-Wright Skillman Foundation
  • Dannis Mitchell Barton Malow Company

MWDB Members

  • Mike AaronBusiness Manager
    Laborers’ Local 1191
  • Dr. Colleen AllenPresident & CEO
    Autism Alliance of Michigan
  • Secretary Jocelyn BensonSecretary of State
    State of Michigan
  • Kofi BonnerCEO
  • Bruce DallPresident
    Motor City Casino & Hotel
  • David DauchCEO
    American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Alessandro DiNelloCEO
    Flagstar Bank
  • Dr. Darienne Driver-HudsonPresident & CEO
    United Way of Southeastern Michigan
  • Jeff DonofrioPresident & CEO
    Business Leaders for Michigan
  • John FoxCEO
    Beaumont Health System
  • Mark GaffneyBusiness Agent
    Teamsters Local Union 214
  • Mike HallerPresident
  • Dr. Curtis IveryChancellor
  • John JamesCEO
    James Group International
  • Wright Lassiter, IIIExecutive Director
    Henry Ford Health System
  • Conrad Mallet, Jr.Deputy Mayor
    City of Detroit
  • Mike McLauchlanVice President of Government Relations
    Ilitch Holdings Inc.
  • David MeadorVice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer
    DTE Energy
  • Faye NelsonDirector of MI Programs
    WK Kellogg Foundation
  • Terrah OpfermanRegion Manager, Michigan Middle Market Banking
    JP Morgan Chase
  • Cindy PaskyPresident and CEO
    Strategic Staffing Solutions
  • Mark ReussPresident
    General Motors
  • Andra RushCEO
    Dakkota Integrated Systems
  • Calvin SharpExecutive Vice President, Retired
    Penske Corporation (Retired)
  • Bill RobinsonDirector
    Bureau of Service for Blind Persons
  • Michelle Sourie-RobinsonCEO
    Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Toney StewartExecutive Director
    Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights Local 687
  • Scott ThieleChief Procurement Officer
  • Alice ThompsonPresident and CEO
    Black Family Development
  • Bishop Edgar VannBishop
    Second Ebenezer Church
  • Frank VenegasCEO
    Ideal Group
  • Carla Walker-MillerCEO
    Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC
  • Dr. Nikolai VittiSuperintendent
    Detroit Public Schools
  • Roy WilsonPresident
    Wayne State University
  • Nia WinstonPresident
    Unite Here Local 24
  • Maria Woodruff-WrightInterim President & CEO
    Skillman Foundation