Karen Tyler-Ruiz is a non-profit leader who has dedicated much of her career creating opportunities in support of the economic mobility of low-to-moderate income individuals and their families. She has built strategic partnerships in each role she has held, working in affordable housing, personal finance, workforce development, and funding collaboratives. Her most recent roles include Senior Director at United Way for Southeastern Michigan, where she provided leadership to a portfolio of family asset building strategies. Tyler-Ruiz helped catalyze the Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families helping over 10,000 Metro Detroiters increase their income and served as Executive Director of the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, a public/private workforce-focused funders’ collaborative. In that role she helped create Access for All, a Detroit construction trades pre-apprenticeship program with a 91% employment rate, and a 67% apprenticeship entry rate. Ms. Tyler-Ruiz has over 20 years working in community wealth building including neighborhood commercial revitalization and non-profit capacity building. She is fully bilingual English-Spanish and also has significant international work experience. She holds a B.A. from Grinnell College and has professional development coursework in organizational development, and a housing finance certification from the National Development Council.
Michael retired at the end of 2013 from the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP where he was a partner in the employee benefits, executive compensation and insurance groups, advising employers, insurers, health plans and third party administrators on a wide range of issues and litigation matters under ERISA, HIPAA, FMLA, the Tax Code and the Affordable Care Act. He is a certified mediator, and handles pro bono court ordered mediations through the Wayne County Mediation Center. He has been Board Chair of C2BE since its founding in 2007, and has done volunteer staff work for C2BE since his retirement. He is also currently Board Secretary of the Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Detroit, and a Board member and past Board President of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library Foundation. Prior to becoming an attorney, Michael drove a truck in Cleveland, Ohio for 14 years, and was a union activist, being a founding member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU). TDU is still active and is the longest running rank and file caucus in U.S. labor history. Michael received his law degree, magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School, his A.B degree, summa cum laude from Columbia College, and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Trinity College, Cambridge England.
Marcus Perez started his career in corporate finance at a Fortune 500 company. After 5 years in the large corporate world he left to start a consulting firm catering to non-profits and small businesses. Over the past 8 years he has engaged with clients in a diverse range of industries such as manufacturing, real estate, retail, software development as well as non-profits. The focus of these engagements has been strategy, financial systems and processes and data analytics. With his consulting firm he created a program with Microsoft to bring the data analytics tools used by large corporations to non-profits. Marcus graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Accounting.
For the past 5 years, Bryce has led an intergenerational charge to “bridge the gap” between Detroit’s legendary musical pioneers and the city’s young emergent innovators. In 2012, Bryce teamed with legendary Motown arranger Paul Riser to co-direct and host the Red Bull Music Academy presents Motown to New York City: Paul Riser & Friends w/Young Guru. In 2014, he produced the ONE MILE Mothership Launch: Legacy of Funk concert with funk legend Carl ‘Butch’ Jones, bringing together four generations of Parliament-Funkadelic alumni. As founder of Detroit Recordings Company, he uses entertainment arts and community cultural legacies to promote new Afrikan and Indigenous narratives, cultural literacies, and new cooperative music economies—Entertainment Justice. He grows intersectional communities as C2BE’s Director of Cultural Programming, as Director of Commons Relations for East Michigan Environmental Action Council, and as a founding member of Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition and Detroit Future Youth Network.
Our Board of Directors
Hassan Bazzi, Director of Community Innovation, Forward Cities
Steve Dubb, Senior Editor, Nonprofit Quarterly
Dr. Alicia Renee Farris, Chief Operations Officer, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Mr. Vincent Tilford, President & CEO, Hannan Foundation.
Judith Williams, Retired Community Economic Developer, Commercial and Housing specialties
Delphia Simmons, Chief Impact & Learning Officer, COTS Detroit
Juwon Harris, COVID-19 Health Educator and Outreach Specialist, CDC Foundation
Sarah Craft, Director, Detroit Venture For America
Andrew Blain, Consultant, Next Level Consultants
David Drews, retired CFO of Project Worldwide
Juan Escareno, Community Growth Partners
Ian Chan Hodges, Principal, Responsible Markets
Alan Kaniarz, Principal, AK Services
Adam Konner, IT and Co-op Consultant, Collective Seeds
Reverend Barry Randolph, Pastor, Church of the Messiah
Paul Saginaw, Co-Owner & Founding Partner, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
Errol Service, Principal, ECP Partnership, McDonald’s
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