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Garlin Gilchrist II
Works at Detroit Diaspora
Attended University of Michigan
Lives in Washington, DC
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Work
Occupation
Activist, Writer, Technologist
Employment
  • Detroit Diaspora
    Founder, 2011 - present
  • Center for Community Change
    Director of New Media, 2009 - present
  • Microsoft
    Software Design Engineer in Test, 2005 - 2009
  • Obama for America
    Washington Social Media Manager, 2008 - 2008
  • Opportunity Technology
    Founder, Chief Solution Architect, 2005 - 2009
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Currently
Washington, DC
Previously
Farmington, MI - Seattle, WA - Bothell, WA - Detroit, MI - Farmington, MI - Washington, DC
Story
Tagline
From Detroit. For Detroit.
Introduction

I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora and am a National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I currently live in Washington, DC with my beautiful wife Ellen.

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.

Today I work at the crossroads of traditional political organizing and online activism. I speak before diverse audiences on empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation though emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet.

Education
  • University of Michigan
    Computer Engineering, 2000 - 2005
  • University of Michigan
    Computer Science in Engineering, 2000 - 2005
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Garlin Gilchrist