ast week, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan laid out his plans for moving the city forward. He believes Detroit has a bright future and so do I.
Less than six months ago, I joined Knight Foundation as the Detroit program director after nearly 10 years here serving other nonprofit, public and philanthropic sector organizations. Detroit is one of the original cities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers, so the opportunity to serve a national foundation with deep local roots, an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to innovation was a great calling at this point in my career.
John S. and James L. Knight believed that informed and engaged communities are essential in a robust democracy. That vision guides our work in Detroit and in 25 other cities where our investments are helping build better futures. As a resident of and passionate advocate for Detroit, I saw the opportunity to leverage these national resources for our local needs.