This study is a project of Global Detroit. It was written by Steve Tobocman and Alan Mallach, with support from Data Driven Detroit and more than 250 neighborhood residents who participated in this research. This project was generously supported by the Hudson Webber Foundation.



As Global Detroit’s founding director, Steve has led the growth of the organization from an 18-month research and engagement process to a thriving nonprofit organization regarded as a national leader in advancing immigrant-inclusive economic development. Steve also led the creation and growth of the Welcoming Economies Global Network, a 10-state regional network of immigrant economic development initiatives, and co-led the economic integration session at the Obama White House’s first immigrant integration convening. Prior to Global Detroit, Steve launched several other innovative nonprofit enterprises in community development and other arenas. From 2003-2008, he served as a state representative from Michigan’s 12th State House District in Detroit, ending his term as the majority floor leader. Steve co-directs the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University.
Alan Mallach is a senior fellow with the Center for Community Progress in Washington, DC and is widely known for his work on affordable housing and urban revitalization. He teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute in New York City, and has studied urban issues and lectured in many European countries, Israel and Japan, as well as across the United States. He served as director of housing & economic development for the city of Trenton, New Jersey and taught at Rutgers University and Stockton State College. Author of many books, articles and research studies, his most recent book is The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America, which explores the uneven effects of urban revival on lower income residents and communities of color. He is also an accomplished pianist and author of two books on 19th century Italian opera. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale College, and lives in Roosevelt, New Jersey. 


Global Detroit is a regional economic and community development organization. With a focus on immigrants and global talent, Global Detroit develops and implements inclusive strategies to drive the growth, revitalization and broadly shared prosperity of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit globaldetroitmi.org.

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