Relevant Professional Experience:
Vice President- Project Management/ Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)
January 2009- April 2015
Was responsible for administration of the daily activities of nine project managers within the Project Management Group of DEGC, which included the oversight of the planning, design, construction, and asset management of essential infrastructure to support key development projects, mainly under the auspices of the various redevelopment authorities that are managed under the DEGC (such as the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority, the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit, etc.), and the Detroit Economic Growth Association, the DEGC’s fundraising arm. From 2010-2012, directly led a $2 million collaborative initiative to secure funding from a variety of sources and coordinated with the City of Detroit and others to install over 1000 energy efficient street lights and make improvements to the underground electrical distribution system in the central business district. More recently provided direct project management and administrative oversight of the Detroit Works- Long Term Planning process, and provided administrative support to the Detroit Future City Implementation Office and some of its implementation activities since 2013. Led the administration of a process to establish a reinvestment strategy to identify targeted capital investment for a portion of the City’s eastern industrial corridor (now called the Mt. Elliott Employment District), partnered with other planning and development entities under a pilot initiative, to design and build storm water mitigation systems on vacant land, and partnered with other downtown groups to design and implement additional infrastructure improvements to downtown to enhance walkability, safety, and non-motorized transportation alternatives. Total value of projects under direct management oversight through 2014 was roughly $27 million.
Director- Project Management/ Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
July 2006- December 2008
Was responsible for managing the daily activities of four project managers within the Project Management Group, which included oversight of certain planning, design, construction, and asset management activities primarily for the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority, and the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit. The projects ranged in scope from public infrastructure improvement efforts to land acquisition and real estate development.
§ Was responsible for leading other project managers, planning, design and engineering consultants, and construction contractors required to implement infrastructure improvements. Also oversaw property management activities and related real property improvements to acquired structures as part of the $17 million Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment District Project, the Capitol Park sub-district of downtown Detroit, and additional streetscape improvements located in the central business district.
Project Manager/ Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
September 2002- June 2006
· Was responsible for the procurement and overall management of all consultants, and construction contractors required to perform a $21 million in infrastructure improvements to three main streets in downtown Detroit (known as the Lower Woodward Streetscape Improvement Projects), which included the installation of new sidewalks, curb and gutter, street and specialty lighting, landscaping, road repaving, pedestrian way-finding elements, etc. Directly managed one of the three infrastructure improvement projects, and assisted the State of Michigan staff with coordinating with the City of Detroit to complete the plans to improve the Gratiot Avenue right of way, a main thoroughfare into downtown Detroit,
§ Was responsible for the direct management and procurement of construction contractors required to perform the relocation and installation of the City of Detroit Public Lighting Department’s primary electrical switchgear into a newly constructed downtown underground parking garage.
§ Was responsible for completing grant applications to various funding institutions, and governmental agencies on behalf of the City of Detroit, and securing project financing for the infrastructure projects.
Architectural Intern-Urban Designer/ Hamilton Anderson Associates, LLC
September 1997- August 2002 (part-time and full time)
· Was responsible for assisting project architects with building programming, preparing schematic, design development and construction documentation, and conducting construction administration activities for residential projects in the City of Detroit, and for assisting in the creation of master plan drawings and other documents, facilitating focus group meetings, and performing surveys, data collection, and other research.
Planning Intern/ JJR Inc. (now known as SmithGroupJJR)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
July 1994- August 1997 (part-time)
· Was responsible for revising master plan documents, facilitating focus group meetings, and performing surveys, data collection, and other research.
Education (Degree and Specialization):
Master of Architecture, 2002, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Master of Urban Planning, 2002, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Bachelor of Science- Architecture, 1997, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial
May 2015- Present
The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce
June 2014- Present
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
June 2013- Present