Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan

The Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan (GTRI) focuses on strengthening and diversifying the state’s economy through the retention of top international talent. By retaining international students, GTRI is a catalyst to lessening the skills gap in the STEM fields especially, and cultivating a climate in which Michigan businesses can be competitive in the new economy.

I currently serve as the Marketing and Communications Director of GTRI of Michigan. It is my responsibility to set the strategy for telling the story of immigration as an economic driver and then implement that strategy. In this role I work with representatives from the Office of Governor Snyder, The Michigan Office for New Americans, representatives from universities, business leaders, economic developers, and international students.

I have always loved planting seeds, nurturing them, and watching them grow, whether in my garden or in a business. Working with GTRI allows me to work for the greater good of the state in economic development, and frankly, it’s just a cool mission. You can find out more about this mission at