In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., join us for an important discussion between University of Michigan Ford School Dean Michael Barr and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves on working to revive the economy while combating the racist systems embedded within it. Associate Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes, director of the Center for Racial Justice, will give welcoming remarks.
From the Speaker’s Bio
Don Graves is the 19th Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Most recently, he served as Counselor to President Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential campaign. Prior to that, Graves served as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations at KeyBank. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Graves served as Counselor and Domestic and Economic Policy Director for then-Vice President Biden. He was previously appointed by President Barack Obama as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Graves also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Community Development, and Housing Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Graves holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Williams College and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he received the Dean’s Award.