David Palmer is a multi-disciplinary strategist, facilitator, convener, and Realtor based out of Detroit, Michigan.

Experience & Expertise

Industry & occupational areas of expertise

  • Workforce development, apprenticeship, and labor market analysis
  • Economic development
  • Entrepreneurship & small business management
  • Government relations: local, state and federal
  • Nonprofit management, grant writing and fund development
  • Real estate sales and development
  • Restaurant menu design, management, and event planning
  • Transportation, distribution, domestic and international logistics


Talent 2025, Grand Rapids, MI

Workforce Intelligence Network, Taylor, MI

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Speaking Engagements

  • Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • US Senator Gary Peters
  • NextEnergy
  • Center for Automotive Research
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • North American International Auto Show
  • Auto-ISAC
  • ITS Michigan
  • US Economic Development Administration
  • MichAuto
  • Wayne State University
  • Michigan State University
  • > 100 public speaking engagements since 2014


  • DC Palmer LLC, 2016-present
  • Realty Experts, 2013-present
    Associate Broker, Realtor, ABR, SRES
  • Workforce Intelligence Network, 2014-2019
    Senior Director for Strategies & Partnerships
  • LaVision, Inc., 2006-2012
    Business Manager
  • UG Consulting, 1999-2007
  • Protech Environmental Services, 2002-2006
  • New England Organics, 2001-2002
    Office Manager
  • Restaurant & hospitality industry, 1990-2001
    Chef, Assistant Smokemaster, General Manager, Sous Chef, Kitchen Manager, Cook


Board & Committee Service

  • Instructor, Michigan State University Extension, First Time Homebuyer Program
  • Computer Science Advisory Board, Wayne State University
  • Board Member, Hubbard Richard Residents Association, Detroit, MI
  • Steering Committee Member, Michigan Talent Architecture Coalition
  • Core Team Member, ExperienceIT Detroit
  • Government Affairs Committee Member, Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors
  • Policy Committee, Community Development Advocates of Detroit
  • Transportation Coordinating Council, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
  • Steering Committee Members, Detroit Jobs Alliance
  • Executive Committee Member, Eastern Leaders Group
    Board Member, Growing Hope