Thirty Under 30

2021 Class of Fellows: Economic Empowerment

Ford’s Thirty Under 30 is a yearlong course in leadership and civic engagement that matches nonprofits with Ford employees under age 30 in the U.S. and Canada.

collage of the 2021 Thirty under 30 class headshots
  Meet the fellows

Who We Work With


Accounting Aid Society

Accounting Aid Society

Detroit, Mich. — For more than 50 years, Accounting Aid Society has provided tax assistance and other services to promote the economic self-sufficiency of low to middle-income families, seniors and others in need through programs, volunteerism and partnerships.

Fellows: Alexandra Abernethy, Mikal Frazier, Mark Homer, Tyler Ravsten, Ashley Williams


Eastern Market

Eastern Market

Detroit, Mich. — Eastern Market Partnership is a nonprofit organization that provides management and vision to shepherd Eastern Market’s rich history to nourish a healthier, wealthier and happier Detroit.

Fellows: Nikhil Andrews*, Nichole Mackey, Alex Perkins, Amber Samra, Tahreem Zahid*


Focus: HOPE

Focus: HOPE

Detroit, Mich. — In 1967 Focus: HOPE co-founders Father William T. Cunningham and Eleanor M. Josaitis pledged to unite a community that was sharply divided on racial and economic lines. Since then, the organization continues to recognize the beauty of every person and aims to build a community where all people may live in freedom, harmony trust and affection.

Fellows: Allison Dabkowski, Stefanie Dunham, Ashley Levi, Alex Miller, Gretchen Sauer*, Michael Weller


Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex

Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex

Windsor, Ontario, Canada — An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, the organization works with corporate, individual and faith-based donors and volunteers to give families a hand up. The organization’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promote home ownership to break the cycle of poverty.

Fellows: Moncef El Amrani, Erin Hillier*, Jordano Liburdi, Justin Martins, Serena Myles*


SER Metro

SER Metro

Detroit, Mich. — Through a series of education, job training and job placement programs, along with youth development and education initiatives, SER Metro provides Detroit residents with the skills, resources and opportunities they need to achieve self-sufficiency.

Fellows: Ansley Barnard, Michael Fluegemann, Sara Gray, Marissa Graziano, Michael Guiracocha


Wayne Metro Community Action Agency

Wayne Metro Community Action Agency

Detroit, Mich. — Wayne Metro empowers people and communities to be strong, healthy and thriving. Guided by a belief that no one should live in poverty, the organization provides over 60 programs in the areas of quality housing, family stability and economic opportunities.

Fellows: Fatima Abdullah*, Mitchell Ford, Matt Leddy, Chelsey Revita, Samantha Scott

*Not able to complete the full program.

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