Robert Shimkoski

Board Member

Who am I? 

I am the Director of Policy Planning and Resource Development for the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), a Michigan Works! Agency that administers Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) Programs in the city of Detroit. I hold a B.S. degree in Public Administration from the University of Scranton and a M.A. degree in English from Wayne State University. I have served as a volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked for the city of Detroit’s Workforce Development and Housing Departments.  I currently serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the United Community Housing Coalition, as well as a Board Member for the Caribbean Community Service Center and Mary Turner Center.  In 2017, I completed a fellowship with the Aspen Institute’s Detroit Workforce System Leadership Development Academy.

Why am I a Board Member? 

I live in Southwest Detroit and want to see my neighborhood thrive.   Schools are the center of any community.  I hope to add value to the ongoing efforts at the school.

Which teacher impacted you and why?

Mark Clark was an English Teacher I met in High School.  He was a Renaissance Man with a deep interest in politics, literature, culture and science.   We often engaged in memorable political discussions.  He once suggested that I start reading the New York Times on Sunday.   I have been doing that for nearly 40 years since.

My vision for this school?

I see a high performing school within walking distance for most students.   The shared values and community culture will provide a supportive environment, propelling the students to productive lives.