Melvin Henley, MI Mobility Fellows Program Manager

Melvin Henley has a passion for communities and their inspiration to residents and businesses. He is a vocal champion of truly inclusive economic development. This passion has led him to support the nonprofit sector and its leadership in various capacity-building efforts. As the MI Mobility Fellows Program Manager, Melvin is working with partners to develop the program, leading recruitment of host sites and fellows, managing the budget, supporting host sites and fellows, and developing trainings, communications, and other materials.

Prior to joining CEDAM, Melvin has worked across the nonprofit sector nationally and internationally for the past 10 years in a variety of capacities. Melvin was an Organizational Development Consultant with Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) where he was focused on supporting nonprofit boards, staff, and leadership in a variety of ways. One of the highlights there was helping to develop and launch the Champions for Change program, a program aimed at changing the narrative on racial equity leadership across Washtenaw County. Passionate about the creative sector, Melvin also managed and oversaw the visioning and engagement process for a UNESCO City of Design designation with Design Core Detroit. He has attended and presented at various conferences and gatherings across the US and abroad focused on leadership, the creative economy, and strategic collaborations. 

Hailing from Chicago, Melvin holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a master’s degree in arts and cultural management from Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh, UK). He is also an alumnus of the Detroit Revitalization Fellowship program and the Salzburg Global Seminar program.