The DC3 Talent Advancement team provides managerial oversight and high-level strategic / creative direction, ensuring the final program meets DC3 quality expectations, satisfies DC3 objectives and advances the DC3’s vision.



Matt is a drafter of the Detroit Declaration, a Leadership Team member of United Way Leadership Next and the founding Chair of United Way Leadership Next and a founding member of Michigan Children’s Leadership Council. He has served on various advisory boards and taskforces, including the 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Advisory Committee, the Detroit Renaissance “Road to Renaissance” creative economy work group, the Center for Michigan’s “Michigan’s Defining Moment” campaign, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit Synergy and the Detroit Yacht Club. Prior to establishing the DC3, Matt served as the Legal Coordinator for Michigan-based company ePrize.

“I want a Detroit that is not just globally renowned, but is globally competitive. I want a Detroit that does a few things, and does those few things better than anyone else in the world. Detroit can be a leader in design, urban development, greenbelts and mobility. I look forward to advancing solutions that can help us be a leader in these areas.”

Matt lives in Detroit’s Indian Village with his wife, and is restoring their historic 99 year-old home.




Melinda Anderson founded MeMe Design + Events in 2007, and has managed and produced large-scale corporate events, weddings, and social occasions for 20 to 2000. During this time she has planned events for the Detroit Opera House, Detroit Electronic Movement Festival, ESPN, Jay Leno, and Lee Iacocca. Committed to designing and understanding events in a way that few others do, Melinda always goes the extra mile to ensure the success of every event that she produces.

Born and raised in Detroit, Melinda has a bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Michigan, and has lived and worked abroad in Berlin and Palermo.




Ellen Schneider is an attorney and lifelong Detroiter responsible for managing client services and outreach efforts on behalf of DC3. After earning a B.A. in International  Studies with minors in Community  Service and African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul  University in Chicago, Ellen returned  to Detroit to study at Wayne Law. While at  Wayne, Ellen focused her studies on urban policy and community development. She also took advantage of many opportunities to use her legal skills to pursue her passion for all things Detroit through her work with the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. She spends her free time working on projects like Vote Detroit and Detroit FREQ Radio, and playing softball for the coolest team in the city. Prior to joining DC3, Ellen practiced bankruptcy law with Schneider Miller, PC in  downtown Detroit.

Ellen lives in Woodbridge, dangerously close to the Pub.



Jen is an Art Director and small business owner living in Detroit. She is a self-proclaimed design nerd, who highly enjoys: rock climbing, semiotics, anything hand painted, quality black pens and organizing by color.

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Alex is a senior at the College for Creative Studies pursuing his BFA with a focus in graphic design. Passionate about branding and identity design, he has enjoyed access to the state-of-the-art resources and experienced faculty available to him during his time at CCS. Alex is excited to join the DC3 team and work on branding and design for the Detroit Design Festival, Creative Ventures Residency, and other programs.

Alex spent his junior year of high school studying spanish in Madrid, Spain, where he developed an appreciation for the high-impact yet tasteful european design aesthetic that continues to influence his work. He has lived in Detroit’s New Center and Midtown neighborhoods for just over three years now and could not picture himself anywhere else in the world — that is until next May when he graduates and plans to freelance on the road for some time.

Photo by Iron Coast