The DC3 is an entity supported by Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies, whose vision is to establish Detroit as a global center of creative business, creative innovation and creative talent.
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- Alex Lauri Alex Lauri, Design Intern Alex is a senior at the College for Creative Studies pursuing his BFA with a focus in graphic design. Passionate about branding and identity design, he has enjoyed access to the state-of-the-art resources and experienced faculty available to him during his time at CCS. Alex is excited to join the DC3 team and work on branding and design for the Detroit Design Festival, Creative Ventures Residency, and other programs. Alex spent his junior year of high school studying spanish in Madrid, Spain, where he developed an appreciation for the high-impact yet tasteful european design aesthetic that continues to influence his work. He has lived in Detroit’s New Center and Midtown neighborhoods for just over three years now and could not picture himself anywhere else in the world — that is until next May when he graduates and plans to freelance on the road for some time. Photo by Iron Coast mask mask
- Ellen Schneider Ellen Schneider, Associate Director Ellen Schneider is an attorney and lifelong Detroiter responsible for managing client services and outreach efforts on behalf of DC3. After earning a B.A. in International Studies with minors in Community Service and African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Ellen returned to Detroit to study at Wayne Law. While at Wayne, Ellen focused her studies on urban policy and community development. She also took advantage of many opportunities to use her legal skills to pursue her passion for all things Detroit through her work with the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. She spends her free time working on projects like Vote Detroit and Detroit FREQ Radio, and playing softball for the coolest team in the city. Prior to joining DC3, Ellen practiced bankruptcy law with Schneider Miller, PC in downtown Detroit. Ellen lives in Woodbridge, dangerously close to the Pub. mask mask
- Jennifer Smith Jennifer Smith, Project Coordinator, Detroit Design Festival Jen is an Art Director and small business owner living in Detroit. She is a self-proclaimed design nerd, who highly enjoys: rock climbing, semiotics, anything hand painted, quality black pens and organizing by color. Photo by Iron Coast mask mask
- Matt Clayson Matt Clayson, Director Matt is a drafter of the Detroit Declaration, the former founding Chair of United Way Leadership Next and a founding member of Michigan Children’s Leadership Council. He has served on various advisory boards and taskforces, including the 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Advisory Committee, the Detroit Renaissance “Road to Renaissance” creative economy work group, The Center for Michigan’s “Michigan’s Defining Moment” campaign, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit Synergy and the Detroit Yacht Club. A licensed attorney in the State of Michigan, Matt managed promotion/marketing/privacy legal compliance for a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients while at Michigan-based ePrize. “I want a Detroit that is not just globally renowned, but is globally competitive. I want a Detroit that does a few things, and does those few things better than anyone else in the world. Detroit can be a leader in design, urban development, greenbelts and mobility. I look forward to advancing solutions that can help us be a leader in these areas.” Matt lives in Detroit’s Indian Village with his wife and daughter, and is restoring their historic 101 year-old home. mask mask
- Melinda Anderson Melinda Anderson, Events Director Melinda Anderson founded MeMe Design + Events in 2007, and has managed and produced large-scale corporate events, weddings, and social occasions for 20 to 2000. During this time she has planned events for The Detroit Opera House, Detroit Electronic Movement Festival, ESPN, Jay Leno, and Lee Iacocca. Committed to designing and understanding events in a way that few others do, Melinda always goes the extra mile to ensure the success of every event that she produces. Born and raised in Detroit, Melinda has a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and has lived and worked abroad in Berlin and Palermo. mask mask
- Meredith Kerekes Meredith Kerekes, Entrepreneur in Residence Meredith works as Entrepreneur-in-Residnece at DC3 overseeing the business acceleration and incubation services, including the Creative Ventures Residency Program and SOLO Workshops for freelancers, independent practitioners and small businesses. She is responsible for program creation and delivery, mentor programs, strategic partnerships and metrics/reporting for the Creative Ventures Residency Program, and program creation and content/curriculum development for the SOLO workshops. Meredith is passionate about emerging businesses – how they succeed and how they grow. She is herself an entrepreneur and has worked with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially-minded executives and organizations for over ten years in New York, Los Angeles, across Europe and now in Detroit. She has a distinctive background that couples her work in incubation for the creative industries with technology-based incubation from her previous role as chief of staff at TechTown Detroit and through her work with the US Dept of State, Aspen Institute and the Atlantic Council on international programming for entrepreneurs. She has also worked with several universities in these positions such as the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies. As founder of several creative agencies and businesses, Meredith is experienced and uniquely positioned in advising and coaching the creative service providers and early-stage businesses that participate in DC3’s business acceleration and incubation programming. Currently in between ventures herself, in her free time she enjoys traveling, Tigers baseball, and working her way through her vast collection of cookbooks. mask mask