Graig Donnelly is Wayne State University’s Assistant Vice President for Economic Development and Chief Strategy Officer for TechTown, Detroit’s most established business incubator and accelerator. In these roles, he guides the WSU Office of Economic Development’s civic leadership and placemaking initiatives, leads TechTown’s efforts to leverage its Midtown headquarters as a catalyst for entrepreneurial and neighborhood development, and develops strategies to integrate the work of OED and TechTown.
With a master of architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, Graig spent a decade building a career that bridges design, fundraising, nonprofit management and teaching before joining Wayne State. He previously served as director of Wayne State’s Detroit Revitalization Fellows, a talent retention and leadership program that he grew into a national model for urban fellowships. Graig believes that his most important role is to design meaningful relationships and opportunities that result in sustainable futures for people and place. He is co-founder and board president of Young Nation in Southwest Detroit, and serves on the boards of Jefferson East, Inc. and Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation. He is a founding member and serves on the executive committee of the Grosse Pointes chapter of the NAACP.