Robert Shimkoski

Robert Shimkoski

Detroit Workforce System Leadership Development Academy, Class of 2017, Economic Opportunities Program

Director of Policy Planning and Resource Development, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Detroit, MI

Robert Shimkoski is the Director of Policy Planning and Resource Development for Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), a Michigan Works! Agency that administers Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) Programs in the city of Detroit.

He holds a BS in Public Administration from the University of Scranton and a MA in English from Wayne State University. He has served as a volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked for the city of Detroit’s Workforce Development and Housing Departments. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Community Housing Coalition, Caribbean Community Service Center, and Mary Turner Center. In 2017, Robert was selected to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Detroit Workforce System Leadership Development Academy.

Robert Shimkoski is a member of the Detroit Workforce System Leadership Development Academy Class of 2017, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at