About HFLI

About HFLI

HFLI mobilizes and works with organizations around the world - organizations that share our vision of advancing equity and empowerment through culturally-responsive learning and doing. 

We sustain this level of innovation leadership by investing in our unique blend of capabilities: HFLI's team, partnerships, approach, and tools. And we live the mindsets that we nurture in learners. That steady attention to learning, growing, and improving engenders the confidence and trust essential in our role as your strategic ally. 

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Our Team

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

Our Team

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

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our history

Founded by The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund in 2003, HFLI is rooted in creating schools and transforming the education system.

Because learning is a lifelong practice, we grew to serve out-of-school learning, design thinking for educators, and college-based learning and leading.

Today HFLI looks ahead even further, adding scalable social impact initiatives that advance equity and empowerment.

Immersive Online Learning
for Adults and Youth

HFLI responds to COVID-19 with immersive online experiences that bear all of the hallmarks of Deeper Learning by Doing™. Also launches the HFLI Studio website, which provides access to both free and paid resources that build capacity for innovation.

2020

Dearborn, MI

Social Entrepreneurship
Programs for Youth

HFLI pilots youth programming that focuses on social innovation and in-demand "future of work" skills.

2016

Dearborn, MI

Social Impact Programs for Adults

HFLI partners with Ford on multiple initiatives using design tools and methods to address social impact, philanthropic, and leadership development needs.

2016

Dearborn, MI

Professional Development for Educators

HFLI expands design thinking workshops to educators outside of Henry Ford Academies in response to educator demand.

2011

Detroit, MI

Redesigning How We Learn and Lead

HFLI embraces design thinking as a process for framing and acting on problems, builds an approach into the Henry Ford Academy model.

2007

Palo Alto, CA

Public Schools in Public Spaces

HFLI distills and formalizes the Henry Ford Academy model, and for the next 15 years, develops and launches schools in three major US cities.

2003

Dearborn, MI | Chicago, IL | San Antonio, TX | Detroit, MI

HFLI Launch

The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company launch HFLI to extend the impact of the Henry Ford Academy model by developing a network of schools.

2003

Dearborn, MI

The Beginning

Corporate, education, cultural, and workforce development leaders come together to establish Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan as a new model of teaching and learning.

1997

Dearborn, MI

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Our Board

Chair

MIKE SCHMIDT

Ford Motor Company Fund

VICE CHAIR

BRENT OTT

The Henry Ford

SECRETARY

DEBORAH PARIZEK

Henry Ford Learning Institute

TOWNSEND MCNITT

Strategic Consultant

HENRY R. MUÑOZ, III

Muñoz and Company

TREASURER

CORA CHRISTMAS

Henry Ford Academy

CHAIR EMERITAS

STEVEN K. HAMP

SKH Advisors

TRUSTEE EMERITAS

ZIAD OJAKLI

Government Relations Executive

VICE CHAIR

BRENT OTT

The Henry Ford

SECRETARY

DEBORAH PARIZEK

Henry Ford Learning Institute

TOWNSEND MCNITT

Strategic Consultant

HENRY R. MUÑOZ, III

Muñoz and Company

TREASURER

CORA CHRISTMAS

Henry Ford Academy

CHAIR EMERITAS

STEVEN K. HAMP

SKH Advisors

TRUSTEE EMERITAS

ZIAD OJAKLI

Government Relations Executive

CHIAR

MIKE SCHMIDT

Ford Motor Company Fund

VICE CHAIR

BRENT OTT

The Henry Ford

SECRETARY

DEBORAH PARIZEK

Henry Ford Learning Institute

TOWNSEND MCNITT

Strategic Consultant

TREASURER

CORA CHRISTMAS

Henry Ford Academy

CHAIR EMERITAS

STEVEN K. HAMP

SKH Advisors

TRUSTEE EMERITAS

ZIAD OJAKLI

Government Relations Executive

HENRY R. MUÑOZ, III

Muñoz and Company

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Our Supporters

HFLI Supporters
We are proud to work with an expansive range of organizations that enrich our work, strengthen HFLI's ability to deliver Deeper Learning by Doing(R) experiences with scale, and advance equity through innovation.
 
These organizations provide support through inspiration. Lived experiences. Effective educational practices. Critical funding. Targeted introductions. Shared risk taking. And more.

Founding Partners

Ford Fund
Ford Motor
Company
The Henry Ford
The
Henry Ford

Contributors

We rely on progressive, open-minded individuals, foundations and companies to provide financial support that closes the gap between engagement fees and the real costs to drive the kind of visionary change we imagine and the skills and mindsets we help learners develop.
These organizations have provided financial support to build HFLI capacity, develop our innovation-based curriculum, engage educators in professional development focused on culturally responsive education, immerse teens in entrepreneurship camps - and, early on - plan, launch and sustain our schools.
Ford Fund
Ford Motor
Company
Thompson educational foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Skillman Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
U.S. Department of Education
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Michigan Department of Education
Best Buy
Foundation
Walmart
Foundation

Collaborators

Over the years, we've searched out visionary partners to help us develop unique learning experiences and schools that can only happen through a spirit of collaboration, the conviction that there are new and better ways of learning, and the desire and drive to create a more equitable future.
Ford Fund
Ford Motor
Company
The Henry Ford
The
Henry Ford
Henry Ford
Academy
Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
(“the d.school”)

IDEO
Big Picture
Learning
Eva Longoria
Foundation
Momento Latino
Foundation
Black Male Educators Alliance of MI
UNIVERSITY PREP
SCHOOLS
College for Creative Studies
Grand Valley State University
Ford Next Generation Learning
(Ford NGL)
Design Core
Detroit
Revitalization & Business Initiative - Michigan Ross School of Business - Detroit Impact

Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI) is a recognized as a public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to HFLI are deductible to the full extent allowed by law. EIN #38-3463866

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