Who We Are
Accelerating collaborative action in Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit community.
coact /kō-ˈakt/ (v): to act or work together
Co.act Detroit is a hub that accelerates transformative impact with nonprofit and community organizations in southeast Michigan through collaborative idea generation, cross-sector resources, and equitable access to world-class programming and learning opportunities.
Our space serves as a natural place for nonprofits to connect, share ideas and develop solutions together. We build authentic community through cultivated conversations and events designed to build trust, deepen relationships and set the stage for collective impact.
But we are more than just a space. We source local and global wisdom to co-create programs and resources that meet nonprofits where they are.
Allandra Bulger is a forward-thinking creative and servant leader with experience in nonprofit leadership, organizational development, project management, program design and implementation, and community and economic development. As the inaugural executive director of Co.act Detroit, she is leading the development of a resource hub where Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit and philanthropic community connect and access the knowledge, skills and resources needed to collaborate, innovate and amplify impact.
Prior to joining Co.act, Allandra served as deputy director of Detroit Future City, where she managed the organization’s strategic priorities, internal operations and fiscal affairs while providing key leadership in strategic planning, management and connecting organization mission, vision, values, and programmatic priorities. She has also worked as a consultant at DEXDesign Associates, where she specialized in developing and delivering capacity building technical assistance to community based nonprofit organizations and small businesses, and she managed the Title IV-E Funding Program of the Wayne County Juvenile Assessment Center. She holds a master’s degree in public administration specializing in nonprofit organization and management from Oakland University, where she is also an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses on nonprofit management. Allandra has served as a Detroit Revitalization Fellow and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class. She is the co-founder and treasurer of D.Cipher, an arts-based mastermind collective and nonprofit serving the Detroit artist community. When she is not working, she enjoys songwriting, spending time with her energetic nephews, traveling and discovering new music.
In her role as Director of Programs, Kyla Carlsen provides proactive leadership and vision for developing new and innovative programs for nonprofit and social enterprise organizations. With each program, she focuses on emphasizing strategic partnerships, measurable outcomes, and highlighting local and national best practices in a safe, inclusive space.
Kyla is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified and has experience leading and managing teams, program strategy and development, and project management. Her expertise includes facilitating design thinking sessions to develop innovative approaches to solve problems, fundraising and working with stakeholders to scale impact. She previously served as Operations and Financial Manager for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, overseeing operations for small business programs with a combined annual budget of $8 million and addressing barriers to access and capital readiness for Detroit entrepreneurs.
Outside of serving as Co.act’s Director of Programs, Kyla can be found coaching one of the Detroit PAL youth soccer teams as well as serving on an executive committee for Alternatives for Girls and leading the Detroit Global Shapers hub. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and exploring new restaurants in addition to spending time with her 10-year-old pitbull.
Partnerships are the underpinning of our work. We inspire collaborative action and call on organizations to come together to solve our region’s most pressing challenges collectively.
Co.act was created to complement existing resources and support for the nonprofit community in SE Michigan. We work closely with intermediaries and cross-sector partners to drive transformative change. Below are a few of our most notable partners.
Core partners who have guided the development and launch of Co.act Detroit from the beginning:
Program development partners: