DPS Foundation board of directors elects two new members

DPSF-Logo-with-tagline_web_140pxThe Detroit Public School board of directors just announced its newest members, Gina Coleman and Michelle Zdrodowski. The board had two brief vacancies with the departure of Leroy Richie and Ric DeVore.



Read about the newly elected members below:


Gina Coleman
Vice President, Client & Community Relation Director
PNC Financial Services, Inc.

Coleman is Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director with PNC Financial Services, Inc. where she serves as the chief of staff for the office of the president.

Under her leadership, she has implemented local PNC corporate initiatives in Southeast Michigan through marketing, partner relations, and community outreach, in addition to employee engagement.

Coleman has over 20 years’ experience as a business and community development professional.

Former roles at PNC Bank includes Workplace Banking, Community Development Banking and PNC Wealth Management.  Her professional career started at the New Jersey Nets as an intern before elevating to Director of Community Relations.

She is a member of the Greater Wayne County Chapter, The Links, Inc.  and serves as a Board Member for Life Directions, Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan and Inforum.  Coleman is a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class of XXXVI.

She is married with two children.


Michelle Zdrodowski
Executive Director of Communications
Detroit Public Schools 

As the Executive Director of Communications for Detroit Public Schools, Zdrodowski is responsible for the communication strategy to support the District’s goals, and will collaborate closely with District staff and leadership to ensure transparent, accurate and effective two-way communication with families, students, parents, community leaders and the media.

Zdrodowski brings with her nearly 30 years of experience that will continue to strengthen DPS’ communication capabilities. She most recently served as Senior Vice President at Detroit-based Franco Public Relations Group, where for the last 11 years she lead the firm’s nonprofit/government practice of providing clients with strategic planning, brand development, reputation/crisis management and community outreach counsel.

Prior to joining Franco, Zdrodowski served as the Deputy Press Secretary to former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer, where she managed day-to-day media relations for the Administration, as well as developed and executed communication plans for major city initiatives including, Angels’ Night, Operation Clean Sweep and Census 2000.

A native Detroiter who resides in the city’s Midtown neighborhood, Zdrodowski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Michigan State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXV and serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation.

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