The Philanthropy and Social Entreprise Fellows and Program Leaders with Annmarie Erickson of the Detroit Institute of Arts and Laura J. Trudeau of The Kregese Foundation after discussing 'the Grand Bargain.'


2015 Speakers  

The following speakers addressed the fellows of the 2015 Philanthropy and Social Enterprise Fellowship program. 

Addell Anderson

Addell Austin Anderson oversees operations and is responsible for partnerships with the Detroit Center. In this role, she seeks to facilitate ways the Center may serve as a gateway for University and Detroit communities to collaborate and take advantage of each other's assets and capabilities to affect change for the mutual benefit of our region. Anderson earned a BA in Business and Economics from Kalamazoo College; a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan; and a PhD in Theatre from Michigan State University. She has a long history working with non-profit organizations, academic institutions and in community service capacities. She maintains an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of the Humanities for Wayne County Community College District. Prior to these positions, she served as AmeriCorps Director at U-M’s Ginsberg Center and Executive Director of the Woodward Heritage Organization, Wayne.

Susan V. Berresford

Susan V. Berresford works as a philanthropic advisor at New York Community Trust. She served as the President of the Ford Foundation from 1996 – 2008. She joined the foundation’s Division of National Affairs in 1970 and later became officer in charge of its women’s programs and then vice president for the U.S. and International Affairs programs. She served as a Vice President in charge of worldwide programming since 1989 and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the foundation. Prior to joining Ford, Ms. Berresford was a program officer for the Neighborhood Youth Corps from 1965 to 1967. 

From 1967 to 1968, she worked for the Manpower Career Development Agency, where she worked on evaluation of training, education, and work programs. She was a Director of The California Endowment between 2009 and 2014, and a member of the Trinity Church Vestry. She serves as a Board Member of United States Artists, Inc, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robina Foundation, and as an Advisory Board Member of the Trinidad Trust Fund (California). She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Berresford is also the Convener of the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin. She attended Vassar College and then studied American history at Radcliffe College, from which she graduated cum laude in 1965.

The Detroit Ledger 

Benjamin Chodoroff and Jessica McInchak make up the local team of the Detroit Ledger, while the third team member, Matt Hampel, helps out from his new home in the City of New York. The project started a few years ago as a Google spreadsheet shared between friends. It has since progressed into a collaboratively maintained database with a public API used by journalists, researchers, local Detroit non-profits, and other curious people.

Lynne Elizabeth

Lynne Elizabeth is founder of New Village Press, publishing titles on community-based arts, urban ecology, participatory planning, creative conflict resolution, restorative justice, and other progressive topics. She is Vice President of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR).

Lynne serves on the editorial board of Imagining America’s peer-reviewed journal—Public. She is the coeditor of collected works Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, Works of Heart: Building Village through the Arts, and Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods.

Lynne previously published New Village Journal and is founder of the former Eos Institute for the Study of Sustainable Living, where she published Earthword Journal. Earlier in her career, she directed the graphic design and marketing communications firm, Schema. She is a member of the Berkeley Prize Committee for Excellence in Architecture as a Social Art.

Annmarie Erickson

Annmarie Erickson has been employed at the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) for 12 years, serving previously as Executive Vice President, Planning and Administration. Erickson’s position incorporates responsibilities including implementation of the DIA’s strategic plan designed to help close a structural operating deficit and bring the museum to financial stability and direct supervision of several new museum departments. As COO, she directly supervises Building Operations, Development, Communications and Marketing (Website and Social Media), Community Outreach, Public Programs and Organization Development and Human Resources. Erickson also handles Board of Directors relations and is the staff liaison to the Governance and Nominating Committee. Erickson serves as vice-chair on the board of Pewabic Pottery, and is among the inaugural class of mentors in the Women of Tomorrow mentorship program. She mentors young women at Cody High School in Detroit.

Rev. Faith Fowler

Rev. Faith Fowler is the Senior Pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), a Detroit nonprofit agency which responds to poverty with programs for food, health care, housing and employment. She has held these roles since 1994. Beyond her work at CCSS, Rev. Fowler has served as a Board Member for the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation (CCNDC), an advisory Board member of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, as well as a Board Member and Trustee for the General Board of Church and Society. She currently Chairs the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee. 

John Gallagher

John Gallagher is a veteran journalist and author whose book, Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City, was named by the Huffington Post as among the best social and political books of 2010. His most recent book is Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention.  John was born in New York City and joined the Detroit Free Press in 1987 to cover urban and economic redevelopment efforts in Detroit and Michigan, a post which he still holds. His other books include Great Architecture of Michigan and, as co-author, AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. John and his wife, Sheu-Jane, live along Detroit’s east riverfront.

Neel Hajra

Neel Hajra is the President & CEO at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. His multi-sector background includes a prior CEO role at Nonprofit  Enterprise at Work, a lecturing appointment at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy and a corporate attorney position at Ford Motor Company. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Hajra holds a BS with honors in Physics from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.  Neel has received the Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and the American Express Next Gen Fellowship, both of which recognize 12 individuals nationally for emerging and visionary leadership. He has also been named to the Ford School’s Teaching Honor Roll for seven consecutive years.

Alex B. Hill

Alex B. Hill is a Project Coordinator and Community Health Worker in Detroit. Through a multi-disciplinary research center at Wayne State University, he addresses the impacts of health disparities from chronic diseases in the African-American community. His personal research is focused on food access, health disparities and racial justice. Alex's projects and research focus on the need for greater community involvement at all levels and specifically highlights the intersections of power, privilege and race. In his free time, he advocates for citizen engagement in open data and regularly writes a map and geography focused blog, DETROITography.com.

Lauren Hood 

Lauren Hood is a community development professional and a native Detroiter. While studying for her Masters in Community Development at the University of Detroit Mercy, she developed a passion for creating engagement strategies, recognizing that long time residents, like her, are often left out of the redevelopment process. By day, she serves as the Community Engagement Manager at Loveland Technologies. She also develops programing and facilitates dialogues around race and equity issues for her LLC, Deep Dive Detroit where “difficult” conversations are at the core of every interaction. Clients have included/include the Challenge Detroit Fellowship Program, The Skillman Foundation, The Detroit Equity Action Lab at The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and others. Recognizing Detroit’s rapidly changing cultural landscape, she has also become active in the preservation arena. She serves as a mayoral appointee to the Historic District Commission and on the Board of Directors for Preservation Detroit.

Shel Kimen

For 18 years, Ms. Kimen has helped organizations find new ways to learn about and engage people and culture. She’s worked across industries creating campaigns, products, and services for world-class brands like The New York Times and JC Penney. Most recently as Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy for Saatchi & Saatchi, a global advertising firm, she led award-winning client work and was also charged with capacity building around digital and social media. Her skills in collaboration led to Together Counts, facilitating CMOs from the worlds largest food companies in a joint effort against childhood obesity. She’s been involved in all aspects of digital design and development and began her career in the mid 1990’s as a technology journalist in San Francisco. She holds a BA in Human Environment and Design from Michigan State and completed post-graduate work in Economic History at The New School in New York City.

Her current work, Collision Works, is a hybrid profit / non-profit social enterprise in Detroit, designed to connect people through their personal stories. She has been featured in local, national, and international press for her work with Collision Works and her pilot program “First Container,” a shipping container converted into a beautiful and engaging community space in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Between May and November of 2013, First Container attracted over 2000 visitors, hosted several public events, and partnered with the Detroit Public Library, Detroit Future City, and many local grass roots change-making organizations. Since then she has organized events and activities to facilitate meaningful dialog between lifelong Detroiters and those new to the rapidly changing city. The second phase of the project will add a mid-size creative hotel made from recycled shipping containers, a financial companion and host for the non-profit community development work.

She speaks on topics such as urban resilience, community-first design, architecture and entrepreneurialism, recently at the Bruner Loeb Forum on Legacy Cities, DesignLab People Mover Architecture, The AIA Detroit 2014 Awards Ceremony, and the Urban Land Institute Michigan Forum.

It’s not all business. Ms. Kimen has been involved in community art and music collectives since the mid 90’s, has sailed 4,000 miles across the Arctic Circle, and is in constant awe of the amazing produce grown right here in Detroit. She believes more than anything that we all have something valuable to contribute and has made it her mission to cultivate that. Media Coverage: Crain’s Detroit Business, The Detroit Free Press, The New York Times, Inhabitat, Cool Hunting, Core 77, Hour Detroit, Detroit News, Hotel News Now, Pop Tech, The Toronto Star, GOOD, The Huffinton Post, and several international publications.

Erica Kohl-Arenas

Erica Kohl-Arenas is an Assistant Professor at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School and is the first recipient of The New School award in Outstanding Achievements in Diversity and Social Justice Teaching. She earned her PhD from the Social and Cultural Studies in Education program at the University of California, Berkeley (2010), an MS in Community Development from the University of California, Davis (1999), and a BA in Sociology from Reed College (1991).

Kohl-Arenas' book, The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty (University of California Press), analyzes the history of philanthropic investments in addressing farmworker and immigrant poverty across California’s Central Valley. Her primary research areas include studies of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, participatory development, and the intersection of American and global poverty studies.

Prior to her graduate studies, Kohl-Arenas worked as a popular educator and community development practitioner in a variety of settings including urban public schools, immigrant nonprofit organizations, and coal mining and ‘crofting’ towns in Appalachia, Scotland, and Wales. Public scholarship and community collaborations include a social history memoir on the progressive school reform movement with her father Herb Kohl, a cultural organizing curriculum project with the Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee, and student engagement projects with New York City nonprofit organizations incuding Tenants and Neighbors, Hunts Point Alliance for Children, the Center for Court Innovation and Groundswell Murals.

Erica's work in classrooms and communities is inspired by an early experience working with the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. She has also been a fellow with the Coro Foundation, and The Thomas J. Watson Foundation.

Marsha Music

Marsha Music, daughter of a legendary pre-Motown record producer, Joe Von Battle, was born in Detroit and grew up in Highland Park, MI, during its lush, prosperous days. She is a self-described "primordial Detroiter,” and for many years she has written about the city’s music, its past and future. She is a noted presenter and she has contributed to important anthologies, oral histories and an HBO documentary. In 2012, she was awarded a Kresge Literary Arts Fellowship, and has received accolades for her “One Woman Show – Live From Hastings Street!” She has partnered with executive producer Juanita Anderson on a documentary film project about her father's record shops and mid-century African-American life in Detroit. Her most recent literary works are the essay “The Kidnapped Children of Detroit,” published in The Detroit Anthology, and an epic poem “Just Say Hi – The Gentrification Blues,” published in Infinite Mile, both of which have been acclaimed for creatively engaging readers in historical narratives that impact Detroit today.

Amy Peterson

Amy Peterson is associate counsel for the Detroit Tigers and co-founder of Rebel Nell, a jewelry making business started with the sole purpose of employing, educating and empowering disadvantaged women in Detroit. Rebel Nell’s product line starts by repurposing graffiti, an abundant local resource in the Motor City. Graffiti is collected after it has already fallen off of walls. Initially these scraps of graffiti look a little rough on the surface, just like many people’s first impression of Detroit. After some hard work and TLC, the women of Rebel Nell turn that scrap of graffiti into a unique piece of wearable art. Rebel Nell employs disadvantaged women in Detroit, educates them on business and life skills and empowers them to transition to an independent life. 

Joan Shigekawa

Joan Shigekawa served as the Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 2009-2014 and was Acting Chairman for the final two years of her tenure. 

During this time, under the leadership of Chairman Rocco Landesman, the NEA actively forged partnerships with agencies across the federal landscape: with HUD to highlight the role of art and design in building sustainable communities; with HHS for an ongoing 18 agency Taskforce on Arts and Human Development Across the Lifespan; with the Department of Defense for the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership and for Blue Star Museums which offers free admission to all military families;  and with the Bureau of Economic Analysis for the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account which, for the first time, is measuring the contribution of arts and culture to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Concurrently, the NEA senior leadership partnered with foundation leaders to advance the practice of Creative Placemaking in urban and rural America through the design and launch of ArtPlace, a national consortium of leading foundations and financial institutions that supports projects in which arts and culture play a vital role in place-based community planning and development.

As a former officer of the Rockefeller Foundation Joan Shigekawa led domestic and international programs in the arts, including the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund and Creativity in a Digital Age.  She is the former director of the international Production Laboratory at the Program for Art on Film, a partnership between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust.  

Ms. Shigekawa has served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and as a trustee of the New York Council for the Humanities, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Grantmakers in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Council on Foundations affinity group Grantmakers in Film and Television.  

Perry Teicher 

Perry Teicher currently serves the Impact Finance Fellow at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. Perry has worked with impact investment funds, family offices, and early stage companies to support business growth alongside intentional social and environmental impact. Perry graduated with a JD/MBA from the University of Michigan in 2015, where he served as Director of the UM Social Venture Fund, leading investments in mission-driven, high-growth start-ups; he also holds a BA in Organizational Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan. 

Perry serves as President of Detroit Nation, building networks to explore new ways to connect Detroit expatriates to the city. A 2013 Ariene de Rothschild Fellow and a member of the ROI Community since 2011, he also serves as Co-Chair of JDC Entwine as well as on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Joint Distribution Committee, the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian organization. In addition, Perry served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan from 2007-2009. 

Laura J. Trudeau 

Laura Trudeau is managing director for the Community Development and Detroit programs. She manages Re-Imagining Detroit, The Kresge Foundation’s nine-point framework to reverse decades of disinvestment in Detroit and reposition the city as a model for revitalization. Nationally, Laura works with community development grantmakers and practitioners to identify promising initiatives for the redevelopment of older industrial cities and to build bridges between Detroit and other urban communities to encourage the sharing of information and strategies. Laura joined Kresge as a program officer in 2001, initially working on the foundation’s national facilities capital challenge grant program. She was instrumental in developing Kresge’s Green Building initiative. Laura also has worked as a senior program officer and as a program director at the foundation. From 1972 to 2001, Laura worked at what is now JPMorgan Chase in the trust office, commercial banking and public affairs. As vice president and regional head for philanthropy and community relations in the Midwest, she oversaw the bank’s grantmaking activity in Detroit and surrounding areas. A graduate of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Laura is active in the nonprofit sector. She serves on the Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s local advisory board and the Living Cities program committee. 

Ebrahim Varachia

Ebrahim Varachia graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in International Development and focusing on creating sustainable businesses in developing countries. Staying local and moving to Detroit, he translated this into urban revitalization and began working on two startups. Being an entrepreneur coupled with his passion for sustainable community development he enjoys learning of great initiatives happening around the state started by other entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, activists and the like. He has a vested interest in sustainable community development and is the Co-Founder & President of Patronicity.