RELEASE: Michigan Community Resources welcomes new board members

Michigan Community Resources welcomes new board members

DETROIT, October 1, 2020 – Michigan Community Resources’ Board of Directors unanimously voted in three new members at its Board Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 30. The meeting convened the organization’s 12 existing members virtually on Zoom.

“We are grateful for the contributions of our existing board members and their willingness to serve. They are as excited as I am to welcome these new additions to our board,” CEO Shamyle Dobbs said.

“What an honor to have these familiar faces and voices connected to our mission. They each bring a wealth of experience, community connections, and a deep passion for Detroit to their leadership. Sarida, Ned, and Rico are family of MCR and we are proud to have them on board to steward Michigan Community Resources toward its goals for 2021 and beyond.”

Sarida Scott
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Sarida Scott is a program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she works in the foundation’s priority place of Michigan to support thriving children, working families and equitable communities.

Scott is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for effecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the foundation’s mission, as well as working closely with staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts. As the lead program officer for the Detroit office, Scott specializes in the area of employment equity for the communities of Detroit.

Prior to joining the foundation, Scott was executive director of Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), where she led the advancement of their policy and strategic positions, managed fundraising and oversaw day-to-day operations. During her tenure, CDAD increased membership by more than 50%, developed a neighborhood project garnering over $250,000 in community mini grants, developed Detroit’s first online interactive community map, and raised more than $1 million for 2019 organization operations.

Prior to this, Scott served as chief program officer for Michigan Community Resources, legal director for Michigan Community Resources and assistant corporation counsel for the City of Detroit Law Department. She has also served as an adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Michigan Dearborn.

Scott currently serves on the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program Advisory Council, Knight Foundation Advisory Council, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency Board and Michigan League for Public Policy Board. She has received a Ford Motor Company International Fellowship, Detroit Revitalization Fellowship and Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Fulcrum Fellowship. She has also taken part in the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program and Harvard Business School Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program.

Scott earned a bachelor of science in engineering from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and a member of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

Ned Staebler
Wayne State University
TechTown Detroit

Ned Staebler serves as VP for Economic Development at Wayne State University and as President and CEO of TechTown. He leads both organizations’ efforts to strengthen the Detroit region’s neighborhoods, businesses and leaders, overseeing a range of activities around innovation and entrepreneurship, business development and attraction, talent retention, transit and mobility, and placemaking.

Ned previously served as the Vice President for Entrepreneurial and Capital Services at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for the oversight of the Michigan Strategic Fund Board and the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a $2 billion, 10-year initiative to transform Michigan’s economy. As part of these efforts, Ned led the investment and management of $600 million of state funds into entrepreneurial companies, venture capital and private equity funds, and strategic service providers.

Ned also spent nearly a decade in the private sector, working in both startup and Fortune 150 environments. He served on the management team of the Helios Group, a technology-based, startup financial services firm that he helped grow from 30 to 130 employees. After Helios was acquired in 2000 by Bear Stearns, Ned spent the next three years in the company’s London, England office as an Associate Director.

He serves as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business, and Labor, is a commissioner of the Mayor of the City of Detroit’s Sustainability Commission and is on the Board of Directors for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. He also serves on various local boards, including NextEnergy, Midtown Detroit, Inc., and the Detroit Historical Society.

A Detroit native, Ned is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Harvard, and he received a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Rico Razo
Bridging Neighborhoods, City of Detroit

Rico Razo has over a decade-long track record of serving residents in the city of Detroit. After a stint in Major League Baseball, Rico became a youth development professional in Southwest Detroit, mentoring over 2,000 young men and women. His mentees included high school students, high school dropouts, and individuals returning home from prison.

Rico helped to get Mayor Duggan elected in 2013 as a Neighborhood Team Leader for the historic write-in campaign and went on to be appointed by Mayor Duggan as a District Manager overseeing an area of 107,000 residents. Rico served as Hillary Clinton’s Detroit Coordinated Campaign Director in 2016, ran Mayor Duggan’s 2017 landslide re-election campaign, was a candidate for State Rep in 2018, and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Bridging Neighborhoods for the City of Detroit (a $32.6 million dollar home renovation and retrofit program related to the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project).

Rico attended Wayne State University for a Bachelor’s in Business Management, is from Southwest Detroit, and currently resides in Detroit’s Martin Park neighborhood. He sits on several boards and has attained several dozen leadership and community service awards. Rico is known around the city as Mr. No Days Off, but when he’s not working, he enjoys playing hardball, eating a lot of tacos, running 5K’s, hanging out with family and friends, and playing a lot of golf.

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