Mike Rafferty

What they do: Vice President of Small Business Services
Where they do it: Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
How they contribute: Guest Speaker

Mike Rafferty is the Vice President of Small Business Services at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.  In this role, he is responsible for developing and leading strategies, programs, and initiatives that support new and existing businesses in their efforts to thrive in Detroit. He comes to the role with nearly twenty years of experience managing projects, programs, and organizations that support community and regional economic development; advocating for and building the capacity of nonprofits and small businesses; analyzing policy and advising local policymakers; and, for a time, as a small business owner.

Mike has served as a board member of a number of nonprofit organizations including Tech Town, the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, the Woodward Avenue Action Association, the Villages Community Development Corporation, Eastside Community Network, and LAND Inc.  He has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a B.A. in Organizational Communications from St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan.  He has received a number of honors and awards including the Sue Marx Smock Graduate Fellowship Award for Urban Research and the Business Visionary Award from the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Men of Excellence.

Mike and his wife, Heidi Reijm, live in Detroit with their six-year-old son, Nigel, 2 year old son, Silas and dogs, Noble and Fiona.