"Our Board worked tirelessly to find a candidate that we felt would be able to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters toward our vision of serving more youth in metro Detroit," said Dale Kirk, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit Board Chairman.
Most recently, Ms. Gant served as Executive Director of Playworks Michigan, a national non-profit organization that leverages recess to support the social and emotional learning for children in elementary schools. Prior, Ms. Gant held leadership positions at Wayne State University's School of Business, The Children's Center, The Epilepsy Foundation and numerous other child and family serving organizations. Her for-profit experience, at J. Walter Thompson advertising, includes launching Ford Division's $32 million national cause marketing campaign that promotes breast cancer awareness and research. Ms. Gant, a resident of Detroit, holds a Master's degree in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from Wayne State University.
"I am very excited to take the helm of this important institution in metro Detroit," shared Gant. "There are more at-risk youth in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, combined, than anywhere else in Michigan who would benefit tremendously from an adult role model. My hope is to establish Big Brothers Big Sisters, with its rich history, as the premier mentoring organization for families, schools and our youth."