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Sean J. de Four

LEO Lecturer II

Sean J. de Four

Sean de Four currently serves as the President and CEO of Southwest Solutions, one of Detroit’s most innovative and impactful nonprofit organizations, which provides a range of services in the areas of behavioral health, economic self-sufficiency, workforce development, affordable housing, veteran, and homeless services. Prior to joining Southwest Solutions, de Four served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Wellspring Lutheran Services, one of Michigan’s largest human service organizations serving children, adults, families and seniors.

de Four has a distinguished career in non-profit management and leadership, working for the past 17 years in senior management and C-suite level positions at several non-profit human service organizations. A licensed master social worker with both clinical and macro designations, his professional experience includes extensive work in mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, refugee services, juvenile justice, services for persons with disabilities, affordable housing and senior services.

de Four is a member of the University of Michigan School of Social Work faculty, where he has served as adjunct member since 2014. He teaches courses in social welfare policy, child and family policy, mental health policy, human service management and administration. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MSW, both from the University of Michigan.


Year Degree   School
2001 MSW Community Organization University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1999 BA Political Science University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Year Description
2017 Leader in Child Welfare Award, Michigan Federation for Children & Families.

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