A former Wayne County director of growth has taken on a brand new position main financial initiatives for a philanthropic group in southeast Michigan.
Wafa Dinaro, who has labored for Wayne County for the final three years, will function government director of New Economic system Initiative, a philanthropic venture of the Group Basis for Southeast Michigan.
Dinaro begins Monday and replaces Pamela Lewis, who served within the nationally acknowledged program for six years however is leaving for an additional alternative, the inspiration introduced Friday.
New Economic system Initiative helps entrepreneurs and small companies within the area to strengthen the economic system. Since 2007, the initiative’s funders have contributed greater than $180 million. Of that, $127 million has been allotted to help practically 19,000 firms and helped launch 3,130 companies, based on the inspiration.
The businesses have employed 45,000 folks, leveraged $1.8 billion in capital and given entrepreneurial providers to almost 480,000 folks. The funding additionally goes to assist regional analysis of companies, technical help, analysis, communications, coverage assist and every day operations.
Mariam Noland, president of the Group Basis for Southeast Michigan, stated they’re excited to have Dinaro’s experience and dedication to inclusive entrepreneurship and small enterprise be part of the New Economic system Initiative.
“Wafa will strengthen NEI’s assist of Detroit-area small companies and entrepreneurs entry to capital and technical assist,” Noland stated.
Dinaro beforehand served as financial director for Wayne County.
She has a level in political science and communications from the College of Michigan and a grasp’s diploma in public coverage from Georgetown College.
She held a wide range of different positions within the personal and public sector together with the automotive business and on the Division of Protection, the place she led operations whereas assigned to protection attaché places of work in U.S Embassies world wide.
“Wafa is uniquely suited to fulfill the challenges of making public funding and selling the case for underserved microbusinesses throughout our area,” Lewis stated Friday.
Dinaro stated whereas it’s bittersweet to go away the county after greater than three years, she is raring to encourage additional financial growth throughout the area.
“It’s a pivotal second to develop an inclusive tradition of entrepreneurship in southeast Michigan,” Dinaro stated. “I stay up for working with the inspiration’s board, workers, and key companions in advancing NEI. I’m keen to affix them of their objective of main constructive change within the Detroit area.”