Nicole Brown is a Senior Program Manager for Detroit Future City’s Land Use and Sustainability department. In her role, Nicole leads the ten-member Land + Water WORKS (L+WW) Coalition, which strives to create a more climate-resilient, equitable, greener, healthier city for all Detroiters. L+WW does this through research, community education and engagement and project implementation that increases understanding of the grey infrastructure system and supports its efficiency and fosters triple-bottom-line benefits through the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure.
Nicole has nearly 13 years of expertise in marketing, communications, and community engagement project management in metro Detroit. Nicole recently spent four years as the community relations manager of M-1 RAIL, where she developed and managed community engagement campaigns, including public safety and internship programs. Before serving at M-1 RAIL, Nicole worked as the communications and outreach coordinator for Midtown Detroit, Inc.’s Living Cities Integration Initiative and the Woodward Corridor Initiative. She also has worked in various capacities for organizations, including Excellent Schools Detroit and the Woodward Avenue Action Association.
In 2017 Nicole was selected to participate in Co-Hort IV of the Wayne State University, Detroit Revitalization Fellowship, a two-year mid-career placed based program designed to partner talented professionals in the community and economic development sector with local non-profits to help guide vital systemic changes in the city. In 2015, Nicole was selected to participate in the White House Office of Social Innovation’s Fellowship program known as The Presidio Institute’s Cross Sector Leadership Fellowship. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in journalism specializing in public relations from Eastern Michigan University.