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Meet the Driving Force Behind Detroit's Economic Transformation

Meet the Driving Force Behind Detroit's Economic Transformation

When we think of Detroit, we often think of its automotive industry or its rich musical history. But a new driving force behind the city’s transformation is Nicole Sherard-Freeman. As the Group Executive for Jobs, Economy, and Detroit at Work in the Office of Mayor Mike Duggan, Nicole leads the city’s economic development and workforce development ecosystem, with a $90+ million budget supported by public, philanthropic, and employer investments.

Nicole brings over 25 years of experience across corporate, non-profit, and government entities, with a proven track record of leading complex, cross-sector operations and public-private partnerships at scale. Her deep interest in public-private partnership governance and operating models, business leadership in under-resourced communities, and creating a net-zero workforce has led to her being recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit Business 50 Names to Know in Government in 2021 and one of the Axios 8 Most Powerful People in Detroit in 2022.

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