Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh joined the Institute  in 2003 following a career in Executive Finance with Ford Credit.  It is not ironic that his first service to us was joining a group of Freshmen an a Viewpoints service project to C.O.T.S., one of our closest Community Service Partners  C.O.T.S. hosted the group that day at its Peterboro St. building, which includes shelter and a dining room.  Joe came back with a deep smile on his face, saying, That was really worthwhile.  We've helped out over the years with some donations, but that was my first experience there, and I'm so glad I did it.  Now Joe serves with John Daniels on the Board of Directors of the Homeless Action Network of Detroit, where he provides the same kind of wisdom, warmth, and practical help that he gives us at LDI.

Oh, yeah.  Joe is an alumnus of Dear Old U of D, and waited tables with John Daniels at Marygrove.  How's that for Servant Leadership?  His resume below shows the broad and deep talent and experience he brings to LDI.





Experienced executive with strong leadership, communication, change management, strategic planning and process improvement skills. Management philosophy emphasizes high levels of personal contact, maximum delegated authority and accountability, subordinate development, and process standardization.  Lived and worked overseas in Europe (late 70’s) and Australia-Asia (late 90’s).  Managed complex partnerships and joint ventures.


Seven-year consulting career includes successful projects to design, develop, and install a variety of financial control and corporate governance processes, including the initial Sarbanes-Oxley control and monitoring system at a utility and a regulatory compliance system for environmental, health and safety, and NERC requirements. Participating in the launch of an enterprise risk management process.


Thirty-year Ford career progressed through a series of auditing, accounting and financial analysis positions in Ford’s finance function, including management of European and North American audit departments and plant controllership. Transitioned to general management at Ford Motor Credit Company; final assignment: president, Ford Credit Asia-Pacific with p & l responsibility for $5 billion in assets in ten countries; record profits of $45 million in 2000.


Presently serve as a trustee on the board of the Detroit Science Center, director on the board of the Homeless Action Network of Detroit, and executive-in-residence for the Leadership Development Institute at the University of Detroit Mercy.


Recent experience as an adjunct professor at Concordia University of Ann Arbor, William Tyndale College, and the University of Detroit and as a guest lecturer at Oakland University.





M.B.A., Accounting, University of Detroit, 1970.

B .S., magna cum laude, Management Science, University of Detroit, 1969.

Executive education programs at Duke University


U.S. Army Reserve (1970-1976)

Married with three grown children and four grandchildren