Advancing Macomb provides the leadership and resources needed to solve community challenges. By mobilizing our collective assets, we act as a conduit between opportunity and need. We strive to enrich the lives for residents and create a thriving environment in which to live, learn, work, recreate and innovate.

Strengthen Advancing Macomb's Infrastructure, Empower Community Development, and Build a Culture of Giving

How we live our mission:

  • Mobilize existing assets in Macomb County and also uncover new opportunities.
  • Strengthen nonprofit capacity to meet community needs.
  • Build a culture of collaboration and giving within our Macomb County communities.
  • Empower new and existing community development organizations to become stronger.
  • Strengthen regional relationships to support our communities.
  • Enhance Advancing Macomb’s own internal organizational infrastructure.
  • Act as a backbone organization for community and economic development initiatives.

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Diane Banks

Executive Director

Angela Lenda

Program Manager


Each member of Advancing Macomb’s board of directors has a professional or personal connection to Macomb County and a professional or personal leadership role in the broader Detroit Region. Their mission is to provide thoughtful civic leadership for Macomb County, empower community development and provide a deeper connection to the region at large.

Jim Sawyer

Macomb Community College


John Blanchard

General Motors

Vice Chair

Maria Silamianos

Trion Solutions, Inc.


Paul Trulik

Apparatus Solutions


Board Members at Large

Tom Brisse

McLaren Macomb

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Mick Brody

Proper Group International

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Matt Casey

Warner Norcross + Judd

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Mark Cullen

Sterling Insurance Group

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David Girodat

Fifth Third Bank

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Gayle Joseph

Gayle Joseph Group

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Thom Lipari

Lipari Food

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Kelley Lovati

Macomb County Chamber of Commerce

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Martin Manna

The Chaldean Chamber of Commerce

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William J. Mott, Jr.

Ascension Macomb Oakland Hospital

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John Nitz

O'Reilly Rancilio P.C.

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Tomara Nolen

DTE Energy

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Brian Pilarski

Brown & Brown

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Barbara Rossmann

Henry Ford Macomb

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Tanisha A. Sanders

Waste Management

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Mike Semanco

Hitachi Business Finance

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Kelly Walters

First State Bank

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Stacy Ziarko

Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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