Cheryl Williams-Kearney, Executive Director
Cheryl Williams-Kearney holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Urban Planning degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in Economic Development. She is an independent planning consultant at Kearney Development Strategies, LLC, in addition to being co-founder of the Detroit Association of Planners. She is an active member of many community initiatives including CDAD, CEDAM, Live6. She has been consultant for the Detroit Food Policy Council on several projects, including the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative; Cheryl collaborated with numerous small businesses, and entrepreneurs to increase neighborhood business districts and increase residents’ awareness of the need for asset and wealth building. She a member of numerous professional associations and is an active alumna at Wayne State University, mentoring to to Urban Planning Master’s candidates.
Michael Reed, Sustainability Director
Michael (Mike) Reed has inspired urban audiences, serving as a mentor to over three hundred young people, and training over two hundred teachers in Michigan on how to effectively deliver science related topics. He has been the “environmental voice” on some of the Michigan’s top projects awarded for environmentally friendly construction. He serves on the Metro Youth Day Executive Board (co –chair of the Education/exhibit committee) and is working daily to expose Detroit youth to Nature and Science Careers. Mike has had tenure as president of the statewide Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), the first African American to hold the office. He also served on the MAEOE Board and is currently helping to lead the Diversity task force for this group. Mike has K- 12 and college-level field experiences in aquatic biology and terrestrial invertebrate biology. A graduate of Wayne State University, he was in 2005 declared as the Natural Subject Matter expert for the City of Detroit.
Brooke L. Archie, Corporate Counsel
Born, raised and educated in Metro Detroit, Attorney Brooke Lauren Archie is personally vested in her community. She works tirelessly to give back through numerous community based initiatives and volunteer organizations. More than a local attorney, she’s your neighbor.
As a law student, Mrs. Archie developed and honed her legal skills and acumen as an Assistant Editor of Wayne State University’s Law Review, member of the Moot Court, and recipient of several scholarships, including the highly coveted Damon J. Keith Scholarship for Social Equality. Because of her academic success, she was offered a number of opportunities over the years, including a position at a large, silk stocking firm, a federal externship under one of Michigan’s Eastern District judges, an assignment in the public sector, practicing Disability law for indigent clients, and finally, working in a small law office before starting her own practice.
Kibibi Blount Dorn, Secretary
Kibibi Blount-Dorn is the Education and Engagement Program Manager for the Detroit Food Policy Council. She has a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University, and a Masters of Urban Planning from Wayne State University. She is a lifelong Detroit resident, and has been a community development advocate and community gardener since she was a teenager. She has worked with several community organizations including Detroit Summer, the Garden Resource Program Collaborative, the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, Highland Park Development Corporation, Eastern Market Corporation, and Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.
Anthony Todd, Community Engagement Coordinator
Jason A. Cole, Facilitator
Jason A. Cole is a “facilitator” in the truest sense of the word. He has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of numerous minority business member organizations and non-profits. His true talent lies in his ability to convene economic development visionaries with Detroit’s financial power base. Having deftly navigated financial waters as an economic development specialist and serving as vice-president with several organizations , Jason is intimately familiar with the Who’s Who and processes required to plan and implement economic development projects, both in Detroit and Washington, D.C.