Senior Program Manager
Dwayne M. Barnes Jr., MPA, is the Senior Program Manager with the Community & Economic Development at Detroit Future City (DFC). He is a seasoned advocate with a rich background in navigating the intricate realms of People, Policy, and Advocacy. With over 15 years of experience, Barnes is a dynamic force at the crossroads of community, economics, and social policy, dedicated to effecting positive change.
Before joining Detroit Future City, Barnes played a pivotal role as the City Council and government liaison for the Detroit Land Bank Authority. In this capacity, he emerged as the principal contact for City Council on matters pertaining to Land Bank issues, showcasing his expertise in navigating the complexities of urban development and governance.
Subsequently, Barnes assumed the role of Community Engagement Analyst for Detroit at the Michigan League of Public Policy (MLPP), where he demonstrated a keen commitment to community empowerment. In this position, he provided training, forged strategic partnerships, and crafted impactful strategies for community partners, contributing significantly to the organization’s mission.
Prior to his tenure at MLPP, Barnes served as the engagement strategy and urban outreach expert for the Center for Michigan and Bridge magazine—a nonprofit and nonpartisan think and do tank. His role focused on shaping engagement strategies and fostering urban outreach, reflecting his dedication to bridging the gap between policy and the community.
Barnes has received notable recognition for his contributions, including the Spirit of Detroit Award, bestowed in acknowledgment of his work with Project: Better Man, Inc. This organization, dedicated to prostate cancer awareness, education, and prevention in Detroit, stands as a testament to Barnes’ commitment to addressing critical health issues within the community.
Grounded in the belief that communities can save themselves through education, entrepreneurship, the arts, and policy, Barnes brings a holistic approach to his professional endeavors. Beyond his hands-on work, he has played a significant role in various leadership capacities, including his involvement with the New Leaders Council Detroit Chapter, his designation as a Skillman Foundation Bme Community Vanguard Fellow, and his service on the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Black Man’s Cancer Council.
Dwayne M. Barnes Jr. holds a master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University and a Bachelor of Science in African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University. In his personal life, he is married to Doria Barnes and is the proud father of two children, Dwayne Barnes III and Dylan Barnes. Through his multifaceted journey, Barnes continues to exemplify a steadfast commitment to building stronger, more resilient communities.