Kimberly Faison is the Director of Community and Economic Development at Detroit Future City (DFC). In this role, Kimberly leads adaptive reuse strategies for commercial and industrial properties and equitable economic development. This includes serving as a 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.
Kimberly has 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, entrepreneurship and economic development. Kimberly also served as the director of entrepreneurial initiatives at Southwest Solutions, which included leading a citywide collaboration supporting 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.
Kimberly is dedicated to the improvement of both systems-level and place-level infrastructures that impact low-income communities and communities of color. She serves as Secretary on the City of Inkster Planning Commission, is a board member of ProsperUS Detroit, and is a member of several trade associations.
Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Eastern Michigan University.