Lashawna Manigault

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Nominee for Policy, Advocacy, and Ecosystem

What is your company and title?

DEGC – District 2 Business Liaison


Tell us why you’re best for the Policy, Advocacy, and Ecosystem committee!

Most recently I have co-chaired on 2 of 3 committees within the New Economy Initiative Ecosystem which consisted of Access to Capital, Gaps and Collaboration. Serving as co-chair we had much success in work groups, creating events and intellectual materials that continue to support entrepreneurs and small business owners across the city.


I am a native Detroiter, a community partner, an advocate for quality early education and in my current role I have access to a market that can and will assist in supporting upcoming initiatives.


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

One of the previous committees I spoke on was Gaps which for us, among other things, Digital Inclusion and the disparity that exists became a focal point of our work efforts. As such I am familiar with many of the initiatives that have been rolled out to address this issue. I feel that in my current workspace I can bring necessary data, programming and engagement to the committee and I will gain a sense of resolve seeing the work reap benefits.


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

My vision is to see a prosperous, thriving Detroit with public/private commitment to funding low-cost to free wireless access and devices to any and all who require it. Access to information should be looked at as a right not a privilege.


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

Board Member of Little Scholars Early Learning Center – Detroit, NEI co-chair Collaboration & Gaps committee.


Please share any of your current committee or Board memberships.

Little Scholars Early Learning Center – Board Member,

Business Solutions – 3 years.


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

Public Relations / Marketing / Communications

Outreach / Advocacy

Board Experience

Community Service

Nonprofit Experience

Education / Training

Public Speaking

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

Relationship Building + Management

Leadership / Coaching Skills

Facilitation Skills