Robert Thornton, senior program officer, has been with the Foundation since 2001. Robert leads the Foundation’s Safety and My Brother’s Keeper work. He also supports the Foundation’s Community & Youth Leadership work. During the Foundation’s decade-long Good Neighborhoods Initiative, Robert led the Foundation’s community safety efforts and coordinated community change work in the Brightmoor, Chadsey Condon and Cody Rouge neighborhoods. He has also supported the Foundation’s faith-based, fatherhood and boys of color work.
Prior to joining the Foundation, he spent 13 years at New Detroit Inc. in various leadership positions including community economic development, consensus building, conflict management, race relations, and diversity. A highly effective community organizer, his true passion is demonstrated in his unwavering efforts on behalf of youth and the monumental challenges facing African-American and Latino boys in particular.
Robert received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakland University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from Wayne State University. He is a lifelong resident of metropolitan Detroit and serves faithfully as a Deacon at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.