Press Release

DFC Begins Search for New Executive Director as part of Transition to an Independent Non-profit Organization

July 30, 2015

Detroit Future City (DFC) announced, today, the launch of its search for a new executive director, a major step in its process of transitioning to an independent, non-profit organization. The executive director search is being led by The Hawkins Company, hired by DFC’s transition management committee (TMC).

To apply for DFC’s executive director position, a resume and letter of interest should be submitted electronically to First consideration will be given to applications received by September 10, 2015.  More information about the position, including a recruitment profile, is available at

“The recruitment profile for the new executive director was developed with feedback and input from a diverse cross-section of stakeholders,” said Dr. George Swan, TMC chair. “We are making every effort to ensure the new director reflects the needs of Detroit today and in the future, and has the expertise and experience to lead a team and collaborate with DFC’s diverse audiences to effectively steward the critical recommendations in the DFC Strategic Framework.”

The TMC was formed in June 2015, when DFC announced it would go through a transition to become an independent nonprofit organization.  In addition to Swan, the committee includes Deb Dansby, Rock Ventures; Jed Howbert, Mayor Duggan’s Office of Jobs and Economic Development; Rod Miller, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; James Ribbron, a Detroit citizen; Alice Thompson, Black Family Development Inc.; and, Laura Trudeau, The Kresge Foundation.

The TMC plans to have a candidate selected by early fall and to fully transition to a nonprofit organization by 2016.

DFC’s independence brings multiple benefits, including a broader base of constituents, closer ties to the community, and its own board of directors specifically charged with governing, guiding and supporting the organization. Once formed, the board will help shape the future direction and decision-making of DFC to ensure its most meaningful positive impact on the city’s revitalization.

Dan Kinkead, DFC’s director of projects, is serving as acting executive director of DFC during the search for a new executive director. DFC’s current and new projects will continue during the transition.

Inquiries about the Executive Director recruitment should be directed to Ms. Brett Byers of The Hawkins Company. Ms. Byers can be reached at 323-403-8279

Download the recruitment profile here.


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