Board will advise on activities and operations of The Global Epicenter of Mobility, a signature program of the Detroit Regional Partnership

For Release: April 22, 2024

DETROIT, MI – The Southeast Michigan Grants Coalition (SEMGC) today announced the appointment of its inaugural board of directors. This board, consisting of nine industry leaders with academic, philanthropic, and municipal ties to the Detroit region, will provide guidance and direction on the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) initiative. 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.

“Thank you to all of the board members who believe in the work we are doing through the GEM initiative to retain our region’s global mobility leadership and provide more equitable economic growth,” said Christine Roeder, executive vice president of GEM. “We look forward to the work we will continue to do with the guidance and the expertise of this distinguished group of industry leaders,”

The SEMGC board appointees include:

  • Maureen Donohue Krauss, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership
  • Kristin Dziczek, Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch
  • Liz Keen, Chief Strategy Officer, Newlab
  • Zachary Kolodin, Chief Infrastructure Officer, State of Michigan
  • Robert McMahan, President and Professor of Physics, Kettering University
  • Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Dave Schweitert, Chief Policy Officer, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
  • Jonathan Smith, Chief Deputy Director, Labor & Economic Opportunity, State of Michigan
  • Cheryl Thompson, Founder and CEO, Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement

As the 501c(3) nonprofit host of the GEM program. SEMGC is responsible for managing and performing the duties that accompany the federal grant funding awarded to the GEM initiative, The board will provide valuable industry insights and best practices and guide SEMGC in executing the deliverables of the GEM program, and its six program initiatives.


“Winning one of the largest Build Back Better Regional Challenge grants was a significant accomplishment for the Detroit region,” said Maureen Donohue Krauss, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership and SEMGC board member. “We are honored to continue this work under the guidance of this esteemed board.”

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About the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM)

The Global Epicenter of Mobility is a regional initiative led by the Detroit Regional Partnership that is designed to create a smart, secure, sustainable, and inclusive advanced-mobility industry in Southeast Michigan. Comprised of six related projects, GEM helps workers, companies, startups, and economic development agencies adapt to the rapidly changing mobility industry. GEM is funded by a $52.2-million Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded in September 2022. The six co-recipients of the grant are the Detroit Regional Partnership,

State of Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, Southeast Michigan Community Alliance, TechTown, and University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute.


About the Detroit Regional Partnership

The Detroit Regional Partnership is a public-private economic development partnership focused on marketing and business attraction for the 11-county Detroit Region. It serves as a convenient single point of contact to all regional resources and works with companies and site selectors to help manage their projects and support their transition into the region. It specializes in helping companies understand and access the competitive advantages of our region – from workforce data to state and local incentives. To learn more, visit:


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