Garlin Gilchrist II

Public Speaker, Father, and Project Manager in Detroit, Michigan

Garlin Gilchrist II

Public Speaker, Father, and Project Manager in Detroit, Michigan

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I was the City of Detroit's first ever Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology. My job is to open up the city's public data and information, and solve problems for the benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace.

And now, I’m running to be Detroit’s next City Clerk because Detroiters are ready for a City Clerk who will use his technical skills to help us all stand tall, make our voices heard, and our votes count

I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013.

After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age.

I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the In

  • #communityorganizing
  • #consulting
  • #detroit
  • #politics
  • #technology
  • Education
    • University of Michigan College of Engineering