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At-Large Council Member
Co-founder of Lansing’s Refugee Development Center and former Co-Chair of Ingham Power of We Consortium, Vincent Delgado has several decades of experience in international and refugee contexts, innovative civic engagement projects and large systems change networks. He currently is employed as an Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, where he focuses on helping the university connect more deeply with residents across the region, the state and in international communities.
As a Lansing resident for more than 17 years, Vincent has lived on Lansing's East Side, where he served on the Allen Neighborhood Board. He now calls the Tecumseh River Neighborhood in Lansing's Northwest home, where he helped start a new neighborhood association in that part of town.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in English Literature and Communications, Delgado worked as a print journalist, covering humanitarian issues in Central America, labor in Mexico, and politics and local government in the United States. His work has appeared in major newspapers, travel magazines, and several Washington, D.C.-based political newsletters. Before founding the RDC, he served as Resettlement Director at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, and was responsible for the mass resettlement to mid-Michigan of Afghan families following 9/11 and the Lost Boys of Sudan, among many others. The Colorado native is fluent in Spanish and has worked as an English as a Foreign Language instructor and an adjunct professor in political science. His current areas of interest include nonprofit management, partnership ecosystems, civic engagement curriculum development and assessment and student leadership. As a member of the Global Workshop, he published the documentary cookbook A Taste of Freedom: A Culinary Journey with America’s Refugees (2003) and was named International Humanitarian of the Year for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Region in both 2005 and 2006.
But he has a passion for local government, particularly ensuring justice, sustainability and collaboration are embedded as values into our city's systems of governance. Vincent graduated with a 4.0 grade point average with a Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 2013 where he focused on local government and received numerous awards. He is active on numerous boards across the region, including the RDC, Power of We and several others.
Vincent loves living in Lansing with his wife, the photographer Becky Shink and two boys, ages 2 and 6. The oldest is a Cumberland School Cougar and his younger brother can't wait to join him. He and his family love kayaking the Grand River, attending downtown festivals and events, hanging out in Old Town and ReoTown and -- in the summers -- sailing on Lake Michigan.