Kate Cherry

Development Director
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Kate Cherry is a nonprofit planning and development expert from Detroit, MI. Over the past 18 years, Ms. Cherry has secured more than $50 million in corporate, foundation, and government grants for Detroit area nonprofit and government agencies.

She is currently the Development Director for Detroit Future City, a think-and-do tank building quality of life in Detroit, MI. Her work at Detroit Future City is focused on developing programming and resources to promote sustainable land and water use, community and economic development, and economic equity.

Before joining DFC in January 2021, Ms. Cherry served for 10 years as Chief Development and Strategy Officer for Connect Detroit, a nonprofit intermediary. During her time there, she was instrumental in developing the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program, one of the largest summer youth employment programs in the United States. She previously worked as Grants Manager for the Detroit Institute of Arts, among the largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States, and as a Program Development Officer for The Guidance Center, which is the largest behavioral health organization in Wayne County, Michigan.

Ms. Cherry is an active community volunteer and presently holds leadership positions on the boards of Alternatives for Girls (Secretary), the Wayne State University Center for the Study of Citizenship (Chair), and the Clinton Township Planning Commission (Secretary). She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oakland University in Rochester, MI.