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 just completed a 2017 campaign for Detroit City Clerk. I rose from 2% in initial primary polling to losing the general election by less than 1,500 votes. I grounded the campaign with clear messages and a commitment to touch as many Detroiters as possible. I recruited and empowered a diverse team of leaders who were new to politics. We executed an online + offline public engagement strategy in ways Detroit had never seen. We implemented a multi-platform engagement plan that used rigorously targeted social media, text messaging, phone calls, radio commercials, TV ads, and door-knocking to earn votes, volunteers, and donors. The result? A movement supported by 49,000 voters, more than 600 nationwide volunteers, and $260,000 raised from 4,750+ donors from all 50 states.

Prior to that, I was the City of Detroit's first ever Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology. My job was to open up the city's public data and information, and solve problems for the benefit of all Detroiters.

I'm from Detroit. I createdDetroit 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 emerg

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