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.
Asia manages an emerging grant program focused on supporting BIPOC-led youth organizations. An ardent interest for building nonprofits and small businesses has always been a part of Asia’s personality.
Previously, she consulted for small businesses on PR, social media, and other business endeavors. She also served in a variety of roles that honed skills in project management, grants, and leadership, including as an Account Manager for a tutoring nonprofit. She continues to use these skills and more by volunteering her time to consult for “House of Kuumba,” a collective that houses Black LGBTQ+ Detroiters. She is a graduate of Concordia University, receiving a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and a Certificate in Strategic Marketing. She graduated from University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minor in Community Action and Social Change.
She is the co-founder of Onyx Comix; a comic book organization geared toward improving representation of black characters and creators in fantasy and sci-fi comics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading manga, playing video games, and a thrilling game of DnD.
In her role as the Senior Director of Program Strategy & Innovation, Kyla oversees the co-creation of capacity building programs and community-centered grant-making for social change organizations with an emphasis on equity and access, network building and cross-sector collaboration.
Kyla is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified and has experience leading and managing teams, facilitating design thinking sessions to develop innovative approaches to solve problems, program strategy and implementation, project management, fund development and collaborating with stakeholders to scale impact. She previously served as Senior Operations and Financial Manager for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, overseeing small business programs with a combined annual budget of $8mm and supporting commercial corridor development, increasing resident access to goods and services, and economic mobility.
Kyla has a background in finance, facilitating access to capital, capital readiness, and closing the racial funding gap for entrepreneurs and social impact organizations. She is passionate about innovating alternative social and economic investment strategies to achieve more equitable outcomes.
Kyla is an alumnus of the Detroit Global Shapers hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum that connects a network of young leaders driving dialogue, action and change in their communities. She enjoys traveling, supporting small businesses, spending time with her ten year old pitbull, wine and cooking.
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: