Mike Tenbusch

is the author of the Jonathan Effect, an upcoming book about the power of the church and its people to help schools and their students win the battle against poverty.  He is also the CEO of Uncommon Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm helping urban schools, churches and impact organizations create strategies to improve conditions and outcomes for kids.

Born and raised in Detroit, he has had a life-long calling to make Detroit a better place to be a kid and to raise a family.  A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he co-founded an organization that now serves 14,000 children each year, served on the Board for Detroit Public Schools, helped a charter school district graduate more than 90% of its first high school class, created a plan and led the effort to turnaround the city’s most challenged high schools, and launched a training center for young people in partnership with best-selling author, Mitch Albom.

He and his wife, Maritza, live with their three children outside Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Jonathan Effect

Helping Kids and Schools with the Battle Against Poverty

What Leaders Say About Mike

Michael J. Brennan

In my nearly 30 years of work within community, Mike's ability to lift other's eyes up to see a brighter future, to mobilize a diverse group of people with dynamic energy towards a common goal and to keep a relentless focus of staying the course is second to none.

Michael J. BrennanFormer CEO - United Way, Detroit
Sharlonda Buckman

Mike's insight and experiences helped us to extract the essence of our success and build a multi-prong strategy that leveraged more interest and investment in our mission as a result.

Sharlonda BuckmanCEO - Detroit Parent Network
Chris Lambert

Mike's insights have been invaluable to our organization, and I am grateful for his much-needed efforts to engage the Church in real-world, local ministry.

Chris LambertPresident & CEO - Life Remodeled
Dan Varner

Mike turns losing locker rooms into winning ones on every team he helps.

Dan VarnerCEO - Excellent Schools Detroit

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