After a 30 year career operating at the highest professional levels in industries as diverse as city government, banking, non-profit management and the gaming industry, Detroit’s own Juliette Okotie-Eboh has seen a lot, survived a lot and learned a lot. She has seen the inner workings of Detroit institutions through good times and bad. She knows Detroit’s history, its strengths, weaknesses and its potential. At this week’s meeting Okotie-Eboh will share many insights gained over 30 years, including things she has come to know as truths.
As Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for MGM Grand Detroit, Juliette Thorpe Okotie-Eboh, Ph.D. serves as a member of our Executive Committee, Civic/Charitable Contributions Committee, MGM Grand Detroit Diversity Council, and on the Board of Directors for MGM Grand Detroit, LLC. She is responsible for local, state, and federal government affairs’ activities by representing MGM Grand Detroit on policy matters, identifying and monitoring legislative regulatory and policy proposals that could impact MGM Grand Detroit, developing policy recommendations to address those proposals, and implementing strategies to include direct lobbying and legislative coalition-building. She is also responsible for overseeing all community affairs activities for the property.
A native Detroiter, Juliette joined the MGM Grand Detroit family in 2003 from the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) where she served as Senior Vice President & Ombudsman for the areas of community affairs and Diversity Management.
Juliette has a wealth of community affairs and diversity experience, including serving for nearly 20 years in Detroit City government, including Chief of Research of the Planning Department as well as successfully transitioning from the city government to the non-profit and private sectors. She advised the President & CEO of New Detroit, Inc. as Vice President of Policy and moved on to the position of Civic Affairs Manager and Vice President of Comerica Incorporated.
On the international front, as Deputy Project Manager/Consultant for Omokhodion Associates, Ltd., Lagos, Nigeria, Juliette was stationed in Benin City, Nigeria for two years and directed the preparation of master plans for eleven Nigerian cities/towns. She also has extensive consulting experience in demographic research, survey research, and organizing focus group sessions.
Juliette serves on numerous boards, including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Institute of Arts, Coleman A. Young Foundation, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Michigan Opera Theatre, Corp! Magazine, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit Public TV, The Center for the Study of Citizenship-Wayne State University, the Governor’s Detroit Advisory Group, the National Association of Black County Officials (NOBCO), Art Sub-Committee for Cobo Center, the Michigan Chamber Foundation, and the University of Michigan Rackham Dean's Campaign Advisors. Juliette served on the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2014), Vice Chair, Michigan Chamber of Commerce (January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2014), and as Vice Chair, Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority for Cobo Center (2009 to 2015).
Educated in the Detroit Public School system, Juliette graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan. Juliette received a Certificate in Community Relations Management, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts (2014).
Juliette lives in the city of Detroit and is the proud mother of Margaret, her favorite travel companion