Gant brings three decades of leadership and community engagement with non-profits throughout the Detroit Region

DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Regional Partnership today announced the appointment of Jeannine Gant as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Officer for its Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) program. GEM, a signature program of the Detroit Regional Partnership, is a winner of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge and recipient of a $52.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

GEM is designed to help build an inclusive and prosperous 21st century mobility sector and incorporates strategies that fully engage historically excluded communities with intentionality and focus. Gant will lead a diversity and inclusion strategy that will reach across the GEM project partners to ensure equitable opportunities for marginalized communities.

“We are thrilled to bring Jeannine’s experienced leadership to the GEM program to help amplify the voices that have been traditionally absent from the mobility discussion,” said Christine Roeder, Executive Vice President of GEM. “Jeannine will ensure that as we work to help transition the mobility industry to its future iteration, we are doing so with diversity, equity, inclusion and justice front and center.”

Gant brings decades of experience with local, state, national and international nonprofits, driving various organizations forward through innovation and impact. Most recently, she led DEI work for Emerging World, an immersive leadership development company with a national and international footprint. Other key roles she has held include CEO and President of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metro Detroit, Executive Director of Playworks, and Development Director at Wayne State University’s School of Business.

“I am honored to bring my breadth of experience to GEM,” said Gant. “I am motivated by the opportunities GEM and its partners will make not only across the mobility sector, but the region as a whole with a focus on the historically excluded communities. I believe the ultimate goal of this work is to ensure a future with real economic mobility for everyone.”

Jeannine is also actively engaged in civic activities, serving on numerous boards and advisory committees, including an appointment to the Michigan Taskforce for Juvenile Justice Reform.
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About the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM)
The Global Epicenter of Mobility is a regional initiative led by the Detroit Regional Partnership that is designed to create a smart, secure, sustainable, and inclusive advanced-mobility industry in Southeast Michigan. Comprised of six related projects, GEM helps workers, companies, startups, and economic development agencies adapt to the rapidly changing mobility industry. GEM is funded by a $52.2-million Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded in September 2022. The six co-recipients of the grant are the Detroit Regional Partnership,
State of Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, Southeast Michigan Community Alliance, TechTown, and University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute.

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. To learn more, visit:

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