Serving as a catalyst for change, we develop, organize and empower individuals and communities to advance equity and opportunity for all.

Steve Spreitzer, President and CEO 

Steve served as Interim President and CEO from August 2013 until July 2014, Director of Programs from 2008 to 2013, managed the Roundtable's Interfaith efforts from 1996 to 2008 and Walk2gether Michigan from 2004 to 2008. Steve received his Masters in Social Work at Michigan State University, where he studied the role of the faith community in advancing social justice. Steve has worked in community mental health, criminal justice ministry and legislative advocacy. He has received recognition from the World Sabbath for Religious Reconciliation, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, the Catholic Youth Organization and the Hindu American Foundation.

Fiana Arbab, Administrative Assistant & Race2Equity Youth Organizer

Fiana Arbab is the current Statewide Youth Organizer for Michigan Roundtable of Diversity and Inclusion and a board member of the Michigan Student Power Network. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology, and a minor in Sociology. In addition to serving as student body President of UM-Dearborn, Fiana was the President and co-founder of the Social Justice League--a campus community organization dedicated to educating and mobilizing students around social justice issues. She hopes to continue doing work to help uplift marginalized and oppressed groups through intersectional transnational feminist analysis, transformative collective organizing, and operating the global development sector one day.

Cheryl Birks, Finance Manager

Has been with the organization over 11 years. She has a diverse work background having worked in the private and public sector. Her experience includes working in the banking, managed care, and human service fields. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Marygrove College and Master of Education in Instructional Technology, with an emphasis in Performance Improvement and Training, from Wayne State University.

April Ellison, Fund Development Director

April is a proud graduate of Wayne State University with a BS in Criminal Justice.  With over 20 years of professional experience, April has been involved in various nonprofit organizations both as staff member and volunteer.  She provided direct services as a shelter volunteer and advocate for the Domestic Violence Project SAFE House and as a case manager for Wayne County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).

 

April spent the first 10 years of her professional career working in special events where she managed logistics for large scale fundraising events. She then served as Director of Development for the Michigan Parkinson Foundation where she created a fundraising program, implemented systems for special events and an individual giving program. April has spent the past 10 years working in higher education fundraising first as an individual gift officer at Michigan State University then as the Associate Director of Development for the Michigan State University College of Law.  In 2014, April returned to Metro Detroit to serve as the Associate Director of Development for the Mike Ilitch School of Business at her alma mater, Wayne State University.  April is a proud mom to a very busy and active middle school daughter, Olivia.  April spends much of her time involved in activities with Olivia, traveling, spending time with her loving family and enjoying all the fun things Detroit has to offer.

Yusef Shakur, Co-Director of Programs

Yusef Bunchy Shakur captures the essences of what life was like for a misguided and angry gang banging boy surviving the mean streets of Detroit in the 80s. In his critically acclaimed memoir, "The Window 2 My Soul", Shakur educates the reader on how he became a social predator and takes you inside the prison walls, where he met his father for the first time, who ultimately redeemed and transformed his own life and passed those lessons on to his misguided and angry son.  As a neighborhood organizer Shakur has dedicated his life to community-based initiatives such as the annual Restoring. The Neighbor Back To The Hood Backpack Giveaway that is hosted in his old neighborhood. Over 10 years this neighborhood festival has distributed over 6000 backpacks filled with school supplies to Detroit youth.

 

For his work, the Knight Foundation honored him with a 2012 Black Male Engagement Leadership Award. He was also named a Best Community Leader finalist in Steve Harvey’s 2012 Neighborhood Awards. His story of redemption and transformation was just featured in the Detroit Public TV epic documentary “Pathway To Prisons”. Shakur is currently attending University of Michigan of Dearborn working on his Bachelor Degree.

 

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Desiree Squire, Suburban Organizer

Desiree Squire (Dez) is a Suburban Organizer who works with communities and entities interested in engaging their members for a deeper understanding of structural racism as they work towards racial inclusion. She believes that understanding history and the social dynamics for racism and oppression will lead to a better understanding for the experiences of today and create more effective change. Dez has training on crisis response, domestic violence crisis response, mediation, and evaluation. She has a Master’s in Social Work, Macro Concentration, from Wayne State University and a Juris Doctor from WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Stacey Stevens, Co-Director of Programs

Supporting the organization's efforts to do regional organizing around racial equity and  youth voice work in Michigan.  During her time at the Roundtable, Stacey co-authored Imported from Detroit, published in The Journal of Law in Society (Vol. 15(1), 2013).

 

Prior to her work at the Roundtable, Stacey was the Domestic Issues Coordinator for the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, building support and awareness of justice and peace issues among Metro Detroit parishes on issues such as urban sprawl and poverty.

 

In 2015, Stacey was a member of the first cohort of the Detroit Equity Action Lab through the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University.  She is passionate about community organizing, ground up change, and youth.  Stacey holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Anthropology and is the honored mother to Linnah and Mac.

Sean D. Thomas, Manager of Operations

Sean has been with the Michigan Roundtable since 2008, where he started as the web and graphics manager.  Sean received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and studied graphic and web design at Baker College.  Sean has over 10 years experience in Web design and Project Management.  He has worked with numerous non-profits in business consulting, web & graphic design and project management.  He was also a part of the inaugural class of the Allied Media Project.

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion | 525 New Center One - 3031 W. Grand Boulevard | Detroit, Michigan 48202

Phone: 313-870-1500 - Fax: 313-870-1501