New Detroit Hires Jodee Fishman Raines as COO

Jodee Fishman Raines
Jodee Fishman Raines // Photo courtesy of New Detroit Inc.

New Detroit Inc., a private, nonprofit racial justice organization located in Detroit, announced Jodee Fishman Raines as the organization’s COO. She comes to New Detroit after a 12-year tenure with the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

In this role, Raines will be responsible for overseeing the strategic planning of the organization’s project initiatives and programs, working in close partnership with Michael S. Rafferty, president and CEO, and the board of directors, representing business, civic, and philanthropic leaders.

“Jodee is a proven leader who has demonstrated her passion for Detroit, commitment to our mission, and ability to get things done,” says Rafferty.

Recently, New Detroit developed and implemented specific programming that directly addresses racial disparities in health care made obvious by the COVID-19 public health crisis and the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black people and other communities of color.

In Raines’ role as COO, she will also be responsible for developing and cultivating new and existing funders. The organization has raised nearly $600,000 in the last year in new funding for increased programming and services. New funders include Co-Act Detroit, Comcast, The Kresge Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among others.

Raines was hired as the vice president of programs at the Erb Family Foundation upon its creation in 2008. She facilitated board processes in the creation of the organization’s mission, vision, values, grant guidelines, and more.

Raines currently serves on the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue Board and the steering committee or advisory board of Live6, Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit, Detroit Office of Sustainability, and others. She has recently held titles as president, vice president, co-chair, and co-founder of several organizations’ boards.

New Detroit focuses on racial understanding and racial equity around specific aspects of life for metro Detroiters including income, quality education, and health and safety. It was formed in response to civil unrest in 1967.

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