Chief Operating Officer
Tom Goddeeris is the Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Future City (DFC). In this role, Tom provides key leadership in strategic planning, management, and connecting organization vision, values and programmatic priorities.
Tom has three decades of leadership experience in community development and engagement in the City of Detroit. Prior to joining DFC, Tom led the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) on the west side of Detroit for over 25 years, growing the nonprofit from a start-up to an award-winning, well-established community development organization. As Executive Director of GRDC, Tom provided leadership for community-driven strategic planning and program development to help catalyze single-family housing renovation, commercial building renovation, commercial corridor revitalization, placemaking, and community organizing.
Tom continues to speak and present on community development issues at the state and local levels. Over his notable career, Tom has received a number of awards, including the Terrence R. Duvernay award for lifetime achievement in community development from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
Tom has a master’s degree in architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban planning from the University of Michigan.