Senior Program Manager, Economic Inclusion
Cortnie Squirewell is a social impact designer with over 10 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors, she is passionate about using a human-centered approach to solve complex problems and creating spaces that increase upward mobility for underrepresented groups.
Her work has had a significant impact on providing economic mobility solutions for diverse communities. At D-Ford, she created a career pipeline strategy that increased the number of minorities interested in pursuing careers in STEM and design by 75%. At Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, she developed an impact partner strategy that grew the membership by 80%. She also designed an Esports lab that has been used by over 3,000 youth and has helped youth build critical thinking, game design, and video streaming skills.
Squirewell also harbors a deep passion for community development. She spearheaded a pivotal community needs assessment for Ford Motor Company Fund, directly influencing the creation of Ford’s unique east side Ford Resource and Engagement Center. This proven methodology further fueled the City One Mobility Challenge, expanding its impact to seven cities across the US. By collaborating directly with residents, the assessment revealed community strengths, assets, and needs, driving the development of a space that genuinely caters to them.
Driven by the belief that people thrive when their basic needs are met and they have the opportunity to hone their unique talents, Squirewell actively contributes to various organizations. She serves as a board member of Detroit Enterprise Academy and BUF Connect of Michigan, participates actively in the Diversity in Design collaborative, and has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 honoree.
Squirewell is a proud native Detroiter and Oakland University graduate with an Education Specialist degree. She is eager to contribute her expertise and passion for community development to the Detroit Future City team. In her free time, she and her husband Aaron find joy in exploring bike trails and parks with their two children.