New Detroit, Inc.
A racial justice organization
New Detroit, Inc.
as of March 2023
as of March 13, 2023
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
President and CEO
Mr. Michael S. Rafferty
Mike S. Rafferty is the President & CEO of New Detroit, Inc. He joined New Detroit May 20, 2019. New Detroit is a coalition of leaders working to achieve racial understanding and racial equity in Metropolitan Detroit. As President & CEO, Mike leads the organization in focusing on racial understanding, equity, and justice.
Previously Mike served as Vice President of Small Business Services at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. At DEGC, he was responsible for developing and leading strategies, programs, and initiatives that supported new and existing businesses in their efforts to thrive in Detroit. Mike's previous roles span twenty years of experience managing projects, programs, and organizations that support community and regional economic development; advocating for and building the capacity of nonprofits and small businesses; and analyzing policy and advising local policymakers.
Mike currently serves on the board of the Henry Ford Health System, the Michigan Board of Ethics, Jefferson East Inc., Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and numerous task forces and committees. Previous boards include TechTown, the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, the Woodward Avenue Action Association, the Villages Community Development Corporation, Eastside Community Network, and LAND Inc.
Mike has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a B.A. in Communications from St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan. He has received a number of honors and awards including the Sue Marx Smock Graduate Fellowship Award for Urban Research, the Business Visionary Award from the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence award.
After 25 years in philanthropy Jodee joined New Detroit, a racial justice coalition, as COO effective March 8, 2020. Recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of Metro Detroit's Most Influential Women, Jodee has led significant organizational growth and transformation as a professional and volunteer at some of Detroit’s finest institutions, including Executive VP of Programs at the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, Director of The Jewish Fund, Program Officer at The Skillman Foundation, and President of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue. Jodee has a J.D. from Wayne State University and practiced law at Bodman PLC.
Number of employees
Source: IRS Form 990
New Detroit, Inc.Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees
SOURCE: IRS Form 990
New Detroit, Inc.Highest paid employees
SOURCE: IRS Form 990
New Detroit, Inc.Board of directors
as of 02/21/2023
Board of directors data
Term: 2022 - 2024
Lewis & Munday PLLC
Term: 2022 - 2024
Cheryl P Johnson
Coalition on Temporary Shelter
Rockbridge Growth Equity
City Year Detroit
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony
Daniel K Artone
Enterprise Holdings-Michigan Group
Henry Ford Health System
Eva Garza Dewaelsche
SER Metro Detroit
Lewis & Munday
Benjamin F Felton
Rev. Larry L Simmons
Maureen D Taylor
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
William S Taubman
University of Michigan Dearborn
Freda G Sampson
Fred G. Sampson, LLC
Michael S. Rafferty
Board leadership practices
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Board orientation and educationDoes the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
CEO oversightHas the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
Ethics and transparencyHave the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
Board compositionDoes the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
Board performanceHas the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No
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Race & ethnicity
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Equity strategiesLast updated: 02/04/2022
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- We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
- We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
- We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
- We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.