Detroit Regional Partnership New Team Members to Help Expand Business Development and Retention Services, Prospect Engagement

Organization adds talent solutions director, lead generation and market strategist, marketing manager as it serves as single point of contact for 11-county region


DETROIT (August 18, 2021) – Today the Detroit Regional Partnership announced that it has hired three new team members to better serve and attract domestic and international companies looking to expand or locate in the 11-county Detroit Region. The new employees include: Sarah Gregory, director of talent solutions; Talitha Johnson, marketing manager; and Haintso Rakouth, lead generation and market strategist.

“Business interest in coming to the Detroit Region remains high and we’re expanding our team to better support companies as they explore the region,” said Maureen Donohue Krauss, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership. “Our team prides itself on identifying barriers to economic growth and providing the real time information and services businesses need to locate here. We couldn’t be more excited to add three individuals of this caliber as we promote this region as the premier gateway to the North American market.”

The three team members began work last month, joining the Detroit Regional Partnership as it resumes in-person business development outreach and travel. Their work will be essential to helping companies understand and access the competitive advantages of doing business in the Detroit Region.

Sarah Gregory, Director of Talent Solutions
As director of talent solutions, Gregory will lead a new department that helps companies evaluate the available workforce and connect prospects with partners, resources and data to understand how the region’s talent value proposition can meet their needs. She will also consult with existing and emerging industries to build inclusive talent strategies based on current and future job needs. Gregory previously worked at the Workforce Intelligence Network where she was responsible for managing its talent pipeline and career pathway development programming. Her previous experience also includes working for Michigan Works! and managing initiatives focused on improving economic success for underserved populations with a focus on the city of Detroit.

Talitha Johnson, Marketing Manager
As a manager on the marketing team, Johnson will share the Detroit Region’s unique economic development story with the world as it attempts to attract investment and jobs from domestic and international companies. Having most recently served as the marketing manager for Michigan State University’s Science Gallery Detroit, she brings more than 10 years of professional experience. Previously, she worked as the communications manager for UAW-Ford. She also worked with two of metro Detroit’s leading marketing agencies Marx Layne & Co and Ignite Social Media, where she helped to promote a variety of corporate, automotive, financial, local, and national business clients.

Haintso Rakouth, Lead Generation and Market Strategist
In her new role, Rakouth joins the research department in supporting the business development team as it engages domestic and international prospects and converts leads to projects that create jobs and attract investment – in addition to supporting with marketing initiatives. Over the past eight years, Rakouth has worked in the manufacturing industry and previously served as a marketing specialist and market research analyst for Acument Global Technologies. During her time at Acument, Rakouth helped create effective lead generation campaigns to support the sales team. She also has extensive research and data analytics experience.

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. Visit to learn more.

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