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Nicole Sherard-Freeman 

Group Executive, Jobs, Economy, and Detroit at Work, City of Detroit 

Nicole Sherard-Freeman joined the City of Detroit as executive director of workforce development in August 2019. In her current position, Sherard-Freeman is responsible for building a world-class staffing organization that supplies ready talent to local employers and solving residents’ job and career readiness needs.

Prior to joining the City, Sherard-Freeman was president and chief executive officer of its workforce agency, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC). Under her leadership, DESC grew from $37MM to $67MM, and significantly increased the number and scope of partnerships with philanthropic investors and employers.

Born and raised in Detroit, Sherard-Freeman is a graduate of Renaissance High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and has completed graduate studies in organizational management and development at Fielding Graduate University. She holds a credential in Global Human Capital Trends from Columbia University School of Professional Studies.

Sherard-Freeman serves on several boards including WorkRise & the Urban Institute Initiative, the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., the Board of Governors for Schoolcraft College Foundation, and is chair of the Downtown Development Authority. She also serves as the mayor’s appointee to the Workforce Development Council, an affiliate of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).