The Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan is an alliance of grassroots organizations committed to building power in low-wage and working class communities to advance economic justice and racial equity in our state and local cities. These partner organizations work together to develop economic justice advocacy and policy campaigns to improve the economic conditions for the people they serve and others.


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W. DeWayne Wells, EJAM Executive Director

DeWayne Wells joined EJAM in 2018 as its new director. A CPA by training, DeWayne brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization in the areas of auditing, financial management, and leadership. Prior to this appointment, he was a consultant for nonprofits and served as project director for Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative, a group of 65 individuals representing 40 organizations developing ways to ensure that everyone in Detroit, especially the most vulnerable children, had access to affordable, healthy, locally grown food and opportunities to be physically active.

DeWayne’s past experience includes the presidency of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. He was chosen as the organization’s first African American president in 2008. In that role, DeWayne expanded the organization’s nutrition education program, streamlined its human resources practices, and increased Gleaners’ profile in the community through collaborations and partnerships.

Prior to his work at Gleaners, DeWayne was the chief operating officer for Starfish Family Services in Inkster, Michigan, and the first lay person to serve as executive director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, Michigan. He holds an MBA from Wayne State University and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit.


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Dave Woodward, EJAM Strategic Advisor

Dave Woodward is a former member Michigan House of Representatives, and currently serves on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. With a focus on advancing social and economic justice, his 20-year political and public service career includes senior leadership roles in political party organizations, candidate and political training programs, policy advocacy, and leadership development. Today, he is one of the most sought after progressive political strategist and trainers in the state.

In 2006, under Dave’s leadership, the Center for Progressive Leadership started in Michigan. Since then, he has helped train hundreds of activists, organizers, campaign staff and folks who have successfully later run for office. Dave continues to support the training of future value-driven progressive leaders through comprehensive programs that help others realize their full power to bring about change in their community.

Dave and his wife Stacie, a high school social studies teacher and education consultant, have two daughters, Alice and Eleanor, and live in Royal Oak, MI.