Director of Planning and Resource Development
Robert Shimkoski is Director of the Planning Unit for the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), a Michigan Works! Agency that administers Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) Programs in the city of Detroit.
His current duties include overseeing the development of plans, grants and procurements for the Corporation. He holds a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Scranton and an M.A in English from Wayne State University. Before joining DESC, he worked for the city of Detroit’s Workforce Development and Housing Departments. He has also worked as a grant writer and project administrator for several nonprofit organizations including the Neighborhood Service Organization, the Hunger Action Coalition for Southeastern Michigan, and the United Community Housing Coalition, where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
He resides in southwest Detroit along with his wife and two cats. His hobbies include reading, listening to Classical and Soca music, rooting for the Detroit Tigers, and riding his bike along Detroit’s riverfront.