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Garlin Gilchrist II
Works at Detroit Diaspora
Attended University of Michigan
Lives in Detroit, MI
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2008 Presidential election results by county. Blue denotes majority Democratic votes and Red Republican. Map from New York Times. Hale County in west
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Totally fair. The employer has an obligation to the intern (I realize not all people feel that way). If an intern impresses, the employer needs to dial them into their network and pump them up. Ultimately, organizations need to become a platform that interns can use to showcase their talents.
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I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detriters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet.
  • University of Michigan
    Computer Engineering, 2000 - 2005
  • University of Michigan
    Computer Science in Engineering, 2000 - 2005
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Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement, City of Detroit
  • Detroit Diaspora
    Founder, 2011 - present
  • Center for Community Change
    Director of New Media, 2009 - 2011
    National Campaign Director, 2011 - 2014
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