Kimberly Faison is the Director of Community & Economic Development at Detroit Future City. In this role, she will serve as convener, facilitator and project manager for the Detroit Neighborhood Housing Compact, with the goal of strengthening the single-family housing delivery system by bringing together public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic stakeholders to take collective action and regularly collaborate around strategies for building a healthier housing market. Faison also works on adaptive re-use strategies for vacant industrial properties and equitable economic development.
Faison brings nearly two decades of experience in economic and community development. She previously served as a Program Officer for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, supporting the Foundation’s work in nonprofit support and innovation and entrepreneurship and economic development. She also served as the director of entrepreneurial initiatives at Southwest Solutions, which included leading a citywide collaboration in support of emerging entrepreneurs called ProsperUs Detroit. In this role, she managed staff and program operations, while actively engaging in program fundraising, grants management, and extensive data analysis.
Faison is dedicated to the improvement of both systems-level and place-level infrastructures that impact low-income communities and communities of color. She participated in the New Detroit Multicultural Leadership Training and was a member of Leadership Detroit, class of XXXVII. Faison has a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Michigan University.