Organizational Development: DFC Grows a Future of Its Own

December 21, 2018

In 2018, Detroit Future City [DFC] continued to build our organizational capacity to be the steward of Detroit’s long-term community vision. With a growing list of new team members and funding support, we made an impact while positioning ourselves for an outstanding year ahead.

One way we built our capacity in 2018 was by adding and promoting new team members. Veteran community development professional Tom Goddeeris was promoted to Deputy Director from Director of Community & Economic Development in Summer 2018. At year’s end, we promoted Pier Davis to Land Use and Sustainability Manager following a ten-month term in the AmeriCorps program.



In Fall of this year, DFC contracted with Kate Cherry of City Connect Detroit and Chase Cantrell of Building Community Value to increase the capacity of our Fund Development and Community and Economic Development departments.

Our Board of Directors also expanded in 2018, adding Katy Locker from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Arthur Jemison from the City of Detroit.


Our work would not be possible without the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Detroit LISC, Detroit Revitalization Fellowship, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.


With the addition of a Development Director late in the year and expressions of interest from a wide range of community grantmakers, DFC expects 2019 to be another year of growth and impact.

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