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.




Born in the city of Detroit, Jacquelin Kirouac is a community-minded, creative young professional and an avid supporter of the Detroit arts community. She completed a studio arts degree with a focus on new media at Oakland University (OU) while holding a creative consulting position at the OU Technology Center.

During this time, Jacquelin became involved with many of Detroit’s key creative and cultural programs including signature Metro Times promotional events, Paxahau’s Movement Festival and the Detroit Opera House annual gala event BravoBravo.

After completing her bachelor’s degree, she continued her community work in Detroit with the Metro Times, Gowanie Golf Club, Detroit by Design and MeMe Design + Events with responsibilities including project management, crowd-sourcing and new-media consultation. She is a member of the Detroit Young Professionals and is currently working as the Project Coordinator for the DC3′s Detroit Design Festival.


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.


Melissa graduated with high distinction from The University of Michigan-Dearborn with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Urban and Regional Studies- Cultural Sustainability and Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as an Art History minor. She was one of fifty awarded as an University of Michigan-Dearborn Difference Maker in 2010 for her work as co-president of The Women in Learning & Leadership program. Melissa’s interest in local fashion history, craft, and design has influenced her academically as well as professionally; she has presented her work at The Art of Gender in Everyday Life Conference and has been featured in The Detroiter. With experience in a variety of roles in cultural organizations, a passion for the arts, and awareness of the sociological and historical structure of her community, Melissa is excited to be a part of the DC3 team.



Shane is the visual designer for many DC3 programs including Detroit Design Festival and Drinks x Design.

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