Leader of Detroit summer jobs program Grow Detroit’s Young Talent to exit for investment firm


Marie Hocker, executive director of Grow Detroit’s Young Talent youth employment program in Detroit, has taken on another role at an international, education-focused, philanthropic investment firm.

According to a press release, Hocker’s last day the city program will run is Friday. Next, she will become the U.S. director for Redwood City, California, Imaginable Futures, which launched in early 2020 with the support of eBay’s founder.

The city of Detroit has appointed Angela Polk, who worked under stool, as the interim director of Grow Detroit’s Young Talent.

The city program is provided by contractor Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. operated. It places around 8,000 Detroiters between the ages of 14 and 24 in six-week summer jobs at companies such as DTE Energy Co., Carhartt Inc. and Bank of America. The program participants are paid through the up to 120-hour program. Wages range from $ 8.25 an hour to $ 10 depending on age and degree of attendance, while some teens receive scholarships of up to $ 1,000. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the initiative offers some positions online.

Hocker joined Grow Detroit’s Young Talent in August 2019 after 10 years at Ford Motor Co. She replaced Jason Lee, who was leaving the position as President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan. Lee was in the role for a year and a half.

Crain asked for information about Hocker’s salary.

Most recently at Dearborn-based Ford, Hocker served as the US government relations manager for the Washington, DC automaker. The Detroit native holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wayne State University.


Dusty Kennedy