Margrit Allen

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Nominee for Structure and Operations; Devices and Connectivity

What is your company and title?

Executive Director, The Urban Alliance


Tell us why you’re best for the Devices and Connectivity committee!

My background in nonprofit leadership, coalition- building, and organizational fundraising positions me as a strong candidate for this role. As a Detroiter, parent, and Executive Director of The Urban Alliance, I am a stakeholder in closing Detroit’s’ digital divide from many angles.


Tell us why you’re best for the Structure and Operations committee!

As a Detroiter, a parent of a school aged child, and leader of an organization that provides workforce development (virtually) for high schoolers, I am invested in the success of Connect 313. I also have the professional skills and background to support leading this committee.


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

I hope to advance digital literacy in Detroit by convening, fundraising, and advocacy. This goal is a gain for myself, family, and the people of Detroit.


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

I envision a city where access to the internet is not a luxury and access to the skills to use technology and the internet is easy and affordable.


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

I volunteer with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Foundation of Detroit, on the board of Athletes Without Borders, and also with The Circle, a program for girls.


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


Outreach / Advocacy

Community Service

Grant Writing

Nonprofit Experience

Education / Training

Public Speaking

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

Relationship Building + Management

Leadership / Coaching Skills

Project Management

Facilitation Skills