Office of Economic Development Staff
Aubrey C. Agee, II is a Senior Program Administrator for Blackstone Launchpad, where he helps students explore entrepreneurship and launch their own companies. Born and raised in Detroit and a proud graduate of Wayne State University, Aubrey loves being in the city and can be found enjoying soul food and jazz at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.
Dennis Atkinson is the Director of The Front Door at Wayne State. There he directs the University’s one-stop shop for industry and community partners to access the many resources available at Wayne State. Dennis is a sports fan and foodie, with Cass Cafe as one of his favorites. When he's not watching the Lions, Tigers, or Red Wings, he enjoys taking in the view at the Detroit Riverfront.
Graig Donnelly is the Director of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, where he leads the Fellowship’s charge to inspire positive change in Detroit’s professional culture by preparing emerging leaders to collaborate while cultivating the capacity of the organizations that employ them. A native Detroiter, Graig enjoys visiting The Alley Project in southwest Detroit, and grabbing a bite at Duly's Place Coney Island at Junction and Vernor.
As a Business Advisor to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in Detroit, Sean Gray helps Detroit entrepreneurs define and achieve growth. He grew up in Detroit a fan of the Detroit Institute of Arts, where he later proposed to his wife. When he’s not working with small businesses, Sean likes treating her to dinner at El Barzon or taking in the beauty of the Detroit Public Library Main Branch’s 3rd floor.
Emily Miller is an Engagement Specialist for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program and The Front Door, where she works on capacity building for both programs. She can be found exploring the city by bike and people watching along the riverfront, or enjoying a taste of Belgium (and feather bowling) at Cadieux Café.
Lori Simoes is an Industry Liaison for The Front Door, Wayne State's business engagement center, where she promotes the capabilities and resources that WSU's College of Engineering has to offer industry and supports and strengthens corporate relationships across campus. A proud supporter of Pewabic Pottery on Detroit's eastside, she enjoys going to the Michigan Science Center and grabbing a bite to eat at 24 Grille.
Ned Staebler is Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State, where he works to leverage the University's assets to be a catalyst for growth in Midtown. Born and raised in the city, his favorite place in the D is the Diego Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Other favorites include watching the Tigers play at Comerica Park, long walks on the beach at Campus Martius, and grabbing a slice of pizza at Supinos Pizzeria in Eastern Market.
As Senior Project Administrator for Economic Development, Jeri Stroupe works on several place-based initiatives including managing the Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum and improving the walkability and bikeability of campus and Midtown. She loves biking Detroit’s historic neighborhoods, reading the paper at Astro Coffee, and dining at West Village’s newest bar/restaurant, Craftwork.
Camille Walker-Banks is the Executive Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, an initiative that helps Southeast Michigan small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity. A fan of music and dance, she’s a frequent patron of Detroit's music venues from Saint Andrews Hall to Orchestra Hall, and enjoys catching the views (and a 5-star meal) at Coach Insignia.