Board of Directors

Joaquin Nuño-Whelan, DHDC Board Chair

Joaquin Nuño-Whelan is the Vehicle Chief Engineer and vehicle line director for GM small cars in North America. Passionate about the revitalization of Detroit and creating opportunities for youth, Joaquin Nuño-Whelan invests greatly in both the automotive industry and his efforts within the community. Joaquin began his career at General Motors as a test engineer at the Milford Proving Ground and later embarked upon a two-year assignment in Mexico City. Joaquin serves as the board chair at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, where he helped launch one of DHDC’s signature programs, The Robotics Engineering Center of Detroit, where 11 different school teams work to meet the challenge of FIRST FRC., and provides a pipeline to propel students into successful and meaningful careers.


Charles BriggsArmando Betancourt
Deloitte & Touche
Vice Chairman

Senior Vice President at Marsh USA

Sandra Hughes O’Brien
Owner and Associate at O’Brien Law Office, PLLC

David Cessante
Partner at Clark Hill PLC
Personnel Chair

Eric Means
Means Group Inc.
Building Chair

Elyse Lopez_Turner

Detroit Labs

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