Imagine a world where every person has an equitable opportunity to gain the tools, courage and capacity to take charge of their impact — for themselves and for others.

At Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), we envisioned this world and through the commitment and collaboration of our visionary partners, we are making it a reality.

HFLI was founded in 2003 by The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund to model new ways of teaching and learning for ambitious student outcomes and positive social change.

HFLI developed and opened four Henry Ford Academies Henry Ford Academies in Detroit, San Antonio and Chicago — nationally-recognized K-12 schools that serve as powerful innovation models.

All of the schools were created through public school partnerships with institutions of higher education and community organizations. They share the same progressive approaches to teaching and learning, work tirelessly to address barriers to equity, and are located in adaptive reuse projects; however, they are wonderfully different because they reflect the needs of their specific communities.


Today, our work isn’t limited to education. We create immersive learning experiences for a range of people — educators, non-profits, workplace learners and youth — and sponsor organizations who believe there is “a better way” to learn and lead.

Deeper Learning by Doing™ – our blend of deep education experience and culturally responsive practices with the strategic use of tools and methods from design drives the care our dynamic team puts into every touchpoint, every engagement.

We believe that together with our diverse partners, we can empower people to create transformational change in, with, and for their communities.

Deeper Learning by Doing™ and Deeper Learning by Design™ are trademarks of Henry Ford Learning Institute. All rights reserved.


Deborah Parizek

Executive Director

Lisa Kreinbring

Director of External Relations

Sonya Nicks

Director of Finance and Administration

Ossama Elroos

Associate Director of Information Technology

Iffa Kazi Davis

Associate Director

Theodore Kozerski

Learning Experience Designer

Gwen Strachan

Logistics Manager

Jessica Stock

Design Fellow

Board Members


Mike Schmidt

Ford Motor Company Fund

Townsend McNitt

Strategic Consultant

Henry R. Muñoz, III

Muñoz and Company

Vice Chair

Brent Ott

The Henry Ford


Deborah Parizek

Henry Ford Learning Institute


Cora Christmas

Henry Ford Academy

Chair Emeritas

Steven K. Hamp

SKH Advisors

Trustee Emeritas

Ziad Ojakli

Government Relations Executive
Henry Ford Learning Institute