David Underwood

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Nominee for Devices and Connectivity; Policy, Advocacy, and Ecosystem

Organization Represented

DTE Energy

 

Tell us why you’re best for these committees!

I lead a community organization, Detroit Community Care Network, where we connect individuals and families to resources, programs, services and information that has a positive impact in their lives. Our work is centered around collaboration as a key core value and this aligns with Connect 313 work. Access to internet connectivity & devices is a key component in the work of DCCN as we provide care coordination services to clients. In addition, I have strong community relationships that are ready to contribute their services to the devices and connectivity work. We are already working with the Detroit Housing Commission to connect the public housing communities.

 

Why are you interested in serving on a Connect 313 Committee? What do you hope to gain from the experience? 

I’ve shared that DCCN work will be impacted by the work of Connect 313 and it is important to have a voice in the direction this work goes to represent our clients best interest.

 

What is your vision for bridging the digital divide in Detroit?

My vision is to align with the vision of Connect 313 and at the same time create pathways for those DCCN serves to avail themselves of all the offerings that this work births. I also envision that my many corporate partners and relationships will align with the vision we set forth and bring their resources to bear in this work.

 

Please share your current community activities and/or volunteer work.

I am currently a Board member of Matrix Human Services a $50 million non-profit in the city of Detroit whose mission is to break the generational cycle of poverty in the city of Detroit. I also serve as a board member of Tri-Unity Community Development Corporation and lead the business development committee. I am managing Director for Detroit Community Care Network a faith-based organization that connects to in need to resources, programs, services and information that will have a positive impact in their life. I am an active member of Third New Hope Baptist Church in the city of Detroit where I serve as a trustee. I began working and serving Connect 313 as a volunteer in October of 2019 and feel very strong about being apart of its success moving forward.

 

 

Please share any of your current committee or Board memberships.

Matrix Human Services – Board Member, 15 years

Tri-Unity CDC – Board Member, 10 years

 

Please share any skills, experience, or interests that you may have. 

Public Relations / Marketing / Communications

Outreach / Advocacy

Board Experience

Community Service

Nonprofit Experience

Public Speaking

Empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of others)

Relationship Building + Management

Leadership / Coaching Skills

 

Please share any other relevant information that you feel is important to include with your nomination.

I’ve currently began connecting those in need with

devices working with Human IT. DCCN recently received a grant from Citizens Bank to support Connect 313 work.