Emily Dabish, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rocket Fiber, Detroit

Dabish-001Emily Dabish serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rocket Fiber, a Detroit-based technology and internet company. Her work involves partnerships considering solutions that integrate product development, public policy, and the future of connectivity.

Dabish began her career with the Detroit City Council President, where her work spanned the bulk of the bankruptcy proceedings. There, she focused her efforts on planning and real estate development. Dabish then went to work on immigration policy for the Michigan Governor. She maintains an interest in the human aspect of immigration as well as the connection between immigration reform and economic growth. Dabish has been involved in a variety of non-profit boards including the Detroit Athletic Club, International Visitors Council, and Urban Land Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University.


Nedra Ginwright, Chief Flourish Officer, Flourish Agenda, Oakland 

nedraNedra Ginwright received her Master of Science in Psychology in 1994 from California State University, Hayward. She has over 15 years of youth development experience working with children and youth from urban communities. In 1989, Ms. Ginwright co-founded Leadership Excellence, a non-profit youth development organization in Oakland, California.

Currently, Nedra Ginwright is a consultant and has worked on projects for Bay Area Black United Fund, Bay Area Americorps, Project YES!, the Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund, and The Twenty-First Century Foundation and a partner with Akili Consulting Associates. Ms. Ginwright was the 2003 recipient of the Vanguard Social Justice Sabbatical Award.


Michael McAfee,  President at PolicyLink, Oakland

mcafee_downloadMichael McAfee oversees strategy development, the alignment of PolicyLink assets, and the achievement of policy wins that ensure all people in America have economic security, live in healthy communities of opportunity, and benefit from a just society. He joined PolicyLink in 2011 and under his leadership, PolicyLink emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems that ensure children and youth in the nation’s most distressed communities have a pathway into the middle class.

Before joining PolicyLink, Michael served as senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He serves on the boards of Bridge Housing, Independent Sector, North Lawndale Employment Network, One Degree, and Sweet Beginnings, LLC. He served in the United States army, completed Harvard University’s Executive Program in Public Management, and earned his doctor of education in human and organizational learning from The George Washington University.