Gabe  Neistein

Adjunct Professor

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Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Loranger Architecture
Phone: 248-752-2684
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Areas of Expertise:
Fundraising
Leadership Development
Project Management

Degrees

  • Master of Community Development, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Michigan State University

Biography

Gabe Neistein joined the Midnight Golf Program (MGP) in 2017 as the organization’s first-ever Fund Development Director. In his role, Gabe oversees and implements the organization’s fund development strategy and creates opportunities for organizational sustainability and future growth.

Founded by Reneé Fluker in 2001, MGP serves 2,500 students annually beginning in their senior year of high school. Through life skills training, mentorship, and college coaching, 99% of MGP students enroll in a post-secondary experience and 70% graduate college in 4-6 years. MGP was awarded Crain’s Best Managed Nonprofit in December 2018.

Prior to joining MGP, Gabe served for 8 years as the Alumni Relations Director for Tamarack Camps, where he tripled alumni engagement and helped managed a portfolio of donors that garnered $1 million for the organization annually.

He earned this Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Michigan State University and his Master of Community Development, specializing in economic and organizational development from the University of Detroit Mercy. As part of the program’s capstone project, Gabe and his team investigated the need for equitable development in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood. The team partnered with the Church of the Messiah and City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department to create a workbook that can be used to effectively involve community stakeholders in decision-making processes.

Gabe is a proud Detroit resident, currently living with his wife, Ilene, in Rivertown.

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    Research

    As part of the program’s capstone project, Gabe and his team investigated the need for equitable development in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood. His team partnered with the Church of the Messiah and City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department to create a workbook that can be used to effectively involve community stakeholders in decision-making processes.