SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-11-02


About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

One response to “SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-11-02”

  1. rene says :

    I am a special education teacher working in the south Bronx, and I support of Barack Obama for several reasons. He wants to unite this country which is what we need. In addition to his posture on job, taxes and the economy, he is also in support of teachers that are caring and can prepare our children to compete in the global market. Instead of picking up my students five days a week as mandated by the Federal government, I am commanded to service them within a three-day span because principals believe they can get away with this type of behavior Not only does this practice result in a disservice to my students, but it also creates an undue financial hardship for me. These are the types of practices that Sen. Obama will not stand for when he is settled into office. We must continue to pray unceasingly for his victory as well as his protection in the days ahead.

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