DETROIT, MI – Mayor Mike Duggan has appointed Fayrouz Saad as Director of Immigrant Affairs for the City of Detroit.
The department will serve as a gateway for immigrant communities while also promoting economic development. Fayrouz will also help connect immigrants to government and nonprofit resources that will help them start and successfully run small businesses, help with resettlement and connecting immigrants with loans and other support services, and participate in the city’s business offerings, such as Motor City Match.
“Fayrouz will help immigrant communities in the city thrive, both personally and entrepreneurially, and will help to attract more immigrants to our great city,” Mayor Mike Duggan said.
Said Fayrouz: “I’ve been looking for a reason to come back to Detroit and this position is really my dream job in a lot of ways. It’s exciting to work on such an innovative initiative for the city and to work with such important communities.”
Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, who represents District 6, said: “As co-chair of the Immigration Task Force, I am thrilled about the creation of this position within the Mayor’s Office and the hiring of Fayrouz Saad for the Director of the City of Detroit’s Immigrant Affairs Office. As part of the city’s commitment to being a welcoming city, the Immigration Task Force has worked to make this position a reality. We look forward to working with Director Saad to advance the task force’s mission of creating a more diverse, inclusive, global city.”
Most recently, Fayrouz served as the Vice President for the Washington, D.C.-based firm Cambridge Global Advisors (CGA), where, among other things, she worked alongside the federal government on key national security and international issues including immigration reform and economic development in the Arab world.
Before joining CGA, Fayrouz was a Presidential Appointee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Office for Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA), where she served as a liaison between Governors, Mayors, and other local elected officials. She worked with DHS and the White House to build and enhance relationships with immigrant communities and engage them in policy discussions, such as immigration reform and economic development programs in the Middle East. In addition, Fayrouz assisted in coordination between DHS and Arab, Muslim, Sikh, South Asian, and Somali communities and engaging them with their law enforcement partners.
Prior to joining DHS, Fayrouz worked at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services’ (ACCESS) National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) as its first Civic Engagement Coordinator. In that role, Fayrouz led efforts to engage and empower the Arab-American community through civic engagement and voter-participation programs.
Fayrouz completed her graduate studies from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government this past spring, receiving a master’s in Public Administration. The Dearborn native graduated with a double major in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Michigan. She also speaks Arabic and French.