Global Ties Detroit
Mar 19, 2018
Marion Christiansen & Marian Reich
Global Ties Detroit

Marion Christiansen, Community Outreach and Events, Global Ties Detroit
Marion joined Global Ties Detroit in February, 2017 as the organization’s Community Outreach and Events Coordinator. Marion came to Global Ties Detroit after working with the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant as their marketing and retail coordinator. Marion was interim executive director and tour director for the architectural preservation organization, Preservation Detroit. Marion’s passion for architecture and Detroit history also serve her well as an area automotive heritage, architectural, and Prohibition history guide.
Marion graduated summa cum laude from Ashford University with a degree in non-profit management. She is also a Michigan State University Michigan Political Leadership Fellow. In 2010, Marion retired after 31 years in education. She is one of the founders of Scarves in the Wild—Michigan. Marion lives in White Lake Township with her husband, Hal, an automotive engineer with Continental Automotive. Marion and her husband adopt senior dogs. Currently, they have one senior girl, Cindy. 

Marian Reich, Executive Director, Global Ties Detroit
Marian joined Global Ties Detroit in June 2012, facilitating connections between emerging world leaders and their Detroit counterparts, and bringing together internationally minded Detroiters to promote the city and region as a center of world cultures and commerce. Prior to moving to Detroit, Marian served for 8 years as Assistant Director of WorldChicago, the sister organization in the Global Ties US network.  Before joining the international exchange world, Marian worked as a Project Manager at the Target Group, a consulting firm managing community relations and promoting workforce diversity in Chicago.  

Marian's passion for international exchange started as a high school student at the Baltimore Friends School, where she had the opportunity to travel to Russia and Ukraine.  She earned a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics (Russian concentration) with a minor in International Relations at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, spending a semester in Moscow, Russia.  She achieved her MA in Slavic Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago followed by a year of teaching English at Gdańsk University of Technology in Poland.  She lives in Royal Oak with her husband Daniel, a Professor of Spanish at Oakland University, and their dog Belka.

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