Gant Brings Three Decades of Experience to GEM’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives

DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Regional Partnership today announced the appointment of Jeannine Gant as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Officer for its Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) program. GEM, a signature program of the Detroit Regional Partnership, is a winner of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge and recipient of a $52.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

GEM is designed to help build an inclusive and prosperous 21st century mobility sector and incorporates strategies that fully engage historically excluded communities with intentionality and focus. Gant will lead a diversity and inclusion strategy that will reach across the GEM project partners to ensure equitable opportunities for marginalized communities.

“We are thrilled to bring Jeannine’s experienced leadership to the GEM program to help amplify the voices that have been traditionally absent from the mobility discussion,” said Christine Roeder, Executive Vice President of GEM. “Jeannine will ensure that as we work to help transition the mobility industry to its future iteration, we are doing so with diversity, equity, inclusion and justice front and center.”

Gant Strives to Empower Historically Excluded Communities Through Mobility Innovation

Gant brings decades of experience with local, state, national and international nonprofits, driving various organizations forward through innovation and impact. Most recently, she led DEI work for Emerging World, an immersive leadership development company with a national and international footprint. Other key roles she has held include CEO and President of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metro Detroit, Executive Director of Playworks, and Development Director at Wayne State University’s School of Business.

“I am honored to bring my breadth of experience to GEM,” said Gant. “I am motivated by the opportunities GEM and its partners will make not only across the mobility sector, but the region as a whole with a focus on the historically excluded communities. I believe the ultimate goal of this work is to ensure a future with real economic mobility for everyone.”

Jeannine is also actively engaged in civic activities, serving on numerous boards and advisory committees, including an appointment to the Michigan Taskforce for Juvenile Justice Reform.