Grow Detroit’s Young Talent
As Executive Director of Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, Marie Hocker leads efforts to raise the $12 million in annual funding required to support the city’s biggest summer jobs program that trains and employs over 8,000 youth between the ages of 14-24 for six weeks in July and August.
Prior to joining DESC, Marie spent 10 years at Ford Motor Company holding positions in Government and Community Relations. She was responsible for building and maintaining positive relationships with members of Congress and their staff while covering transportation and workforce development policy in Washington, D.C. She also engaged local government officials and other industry stakeholders, including UAW-Ford, to deliver business and philanthropic objectives in Ford’s Michigan plant communities. In addition, she developed and implemented mobility initiatives, including workforce development planning for autonomous vehicles and a national autonomous vehicle jobs coalition.
When Marie is not at work, she enjoys spending quality family time with her husband and son. She is engaged in helping Detroit youth prepare for life beyond high school, actively mentors young people and is passionate about exposing Detroit youth to meaningful opportunities that help them explore and prepare for their future careers.