Graig Donnelly is the Assistant Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State University and Chief Strategy Officer at TechTown Detroit. Working in partnership with each other, Wayne State University’s Office of Economic Development and TechTown Detroit strengthen the Detroit region’s neighborhoods, businesses and leaders. In this role, Donnelly guides the OED’s civic leadership and placemaking initiatives, leads TechTown’s efforts to leverage its building as a catalyst for entrepreneur and neighborhood development, and develops strategies to further integrate the work of OED and TechTown.
With fifteen years of community development and nonprofit leadership experience in Detroit and New York City, he holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. Donnelly is co-founder and board president of Young Nation in southwest Detroit, and serves on the boards of other local nonprofits 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.