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Ryan Friedrichs

Ryan Friedrichs

Chief Development Officer

Ryan Friedrichs was appointed Chief Development Officer in January of 2015 and leads the Office of Development and Grants. Mr. Friedrichs has worked with the nation’s largest foundations while serving as chief executive of several national organizations, most recently the civic technology organization State Voices, opening its offices in sixteen states. He has a BA from the University of Michigan and Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, focused on urban planning and civic engagement. Mr. Friedrichs is also a combat veteran who served as a paratrooper and an intelligence and infantry team leader in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Sirene Abou-Chakra – Deputy Chief Development Officer

Sirene Abou-Chakra

Deputy Chief Development Officer

Sirene Abou-Chakra serves as Deputy Chief Development Officer and leads the development team’s matching of City priorities with public, philanthropic, and corporate investment. A Michigan native and University of Michigan alum, Ms. Abou-Chakra served for ten years as a Manager and Account Executive at Google, working internationally on media strategy, messaging, and fundraising for election campaigns the company advised on, as well as leading groundbreaking digital strategies across the Google and YouTube platforms to creatively amass grassroots donors. She also served as Google’s liaison to Detroit and in 2017 as a leader in Google’s Global Customer Care team. Ms. Abou-Chakra is the founder of Doors of Opportunity, a nonprofit that works to increase the enrollment of disenfranchised students at top universities.

Katerli Bounds – Director of Grants

Katerli Bounds

Director of Grants

Katerli Bounds serves as the Director of Grants and leads the grants team’s implementation and monitoring support for all funds awarded in support of City initiatives. Ms. Bounds has worked in municipal government for over a decade in New York City and Detroit and raised millions in public and private funds to support essential programs and projects. She has a BA in International Relations and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Southern California and an MS in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute.

Brandi C. Shelton – Development Coordinator

Brandi C. Shelton

Development Coordinator

Brandi C. Shelton has dedicated her life to the development of people. Ms. Shelton graduated from University of Phoenix with a double Bachelor in Business Management and Administration and has over 15 years of active experience in a variety of professional settings. Ms. Shelton’s background offers a solid foundation in planning and executing team strategies that uses unified goals for true business development while boosting employee morale and organizational sustainability.

Monique Phillips – Development Officer

Monique Phillips

Development Officer

Monique Phillips serves as a Development Officer for the City of Detroit, and is responsible for creating and strengthening corporate relationships and securing investments to support city initiatives. Ms. Phillips is currently in pursuit of her PhD in Political Science from Wayne State University, holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University, and has a BA in Journalism from Oakland University. Additionally, Ms. Phillips is in the process of securing a Certified Fundraising Executive certification, has received a Certificate in Advanced Nonprofit Fundraising from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, and remains an active membership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Karen C. Brown – Development Officer

Karen C. Brown

Development Officer

Karen C. Brown has played key executive, fund development and board leadership roles in Detroit’s community development sector throughout her career. As the Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s Director of Grants from 2011-2016 she was instrumental in helping the City of Detroit's Police and Fire Departments secure $62 million in government grants. A summa cum laude graduate of University of Detroit Mercy, Ms. Brown serves as adjunct faculty in its Masters in Community Development program where she teaches organizational development and grant writing. In 2009 Ms. Brown was honored with a Spirit of Detroit Award in acknowledgement of her Outstanding Community Leadership. She's the mother of two daughters and a proud 30 year resident of Detroit's Greenacres neighborhood.

Hasumati Patel – Assistant Director, Grants

Hasumati Patel

Assistant Director, Grants

Hasumati Patel serves as Assistant Director of Grants, and provides leadership and direction in the management of programs funded by federal, state and private grants. She and her team are tasked with integrating and supporting City departments to ensure that program staff have maximal success and impact in executing grant-funded initiatives. Ms. Patel has worked in municipal government for over thirty years, including planning, coordinating, administrating and managing business activities for both the City of Detroit and County of Wayne. She has a master’s degree in Accounting/Finance, as well as twenty five years’ experience and training as an Agency CFO for the City of Detroit and County of Wayne.

Kennedy Shannon – Assistant Director, Grants

Kennedy Shannon

Assistant Director, Grants

Kennedy Shannon serves as Assistant Director of Grants, and is responsible for grant reimbursement, close-out and audit support for grant-funded projects for the City of Detroit, with a special emphasis on housing-related projects. Ms. Shannon has over 8 years of experience in non-profit and grant management with a focus on Community Development. Ms. Shannon graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Public Policy, has a M.S. in Intelligence Analysis from University of Detroit Mercy, as well as a J.D. from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Ms. Shannon is a licensed attorney, a lifelong Detroiter and has taken pride in being a small part of Detroit's revitalization.

Sajjiah Parker – Development Officer

Sajjiah Parker

Assistant Director, Grants

Sajjiah Parker serves as Assistant Director of Grants. In this capacity, Ms. Parker and her team coordinate the planning and administration of federal, state and private grants, as well as tracking donations, sponsorships and other private investments that enhance the quality of life for Detroit residents. Ms. Parker and her team are fervent in efforts to achieve the city’s vision of innovative and effective Grants programming and cross-program alignment of funding to expand impact, and are making great strides. Ms. Parker comes to the city with over 7 years of professional managerial experience in program implementation, grants management, and in leading systemic change initiatives in the non-profit sector. Prior to working for the City, Ms. Parker worked at Southwest Solutions as the Manager of the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) for the Detroit Continuum of Care. In this role Ms. Parker was instrumental in leveraging resources, and fostering the cooperation and coordination of all community partners to achieve the goal of improving how homeless households are served. While she served the Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families (SSVF) grant program, the agency was nationally recognized and designated as a Mentor Agency for Best Practices in the veteran homeless program delivery.

ance K. Jackson – Development Impact Officer

Vance K. Jackson

Development Impact Officer

Vance K. Jackson serves as the City of Detroit’s Social Impact Development Officer and is responsible for matching mayoral priorities with innovative public, private, philanthropic, and corporate investment. A Detroit native and Cass Tech graduate, Mr. Jackson holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) with a focus on Community Organizing and Non Profit Management from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

With more than a decade of financial industry experience, Mr. Jackson comes from J.P. Morgan, where his financial and investment career spanned across the breadth of the global bank. His experience includes serving as a Wealth Management Vice President - Financial Advisor, where he managed a Multi-Million dollar investment book of business and led investment sales teams to provide a vast array of investment solutions for the clients across the market. Most recently, he served in the firm’s Commercial Bank, where he specialized in constructing Global Treasury solutions for Multi-National Middle Market Corporations, with annual revenues ranging from $100 Million - $2 Billion, as a member of J.P. Morgan’s Middle Market Treasury Team.

Mr. Jackson has served on numerous local and global not for profit boards as an Executive Board Member and Board Member impacting communities both locally and across the globe. Vance resides in downtown Detroit with his wife Nina.

Claire Huttenlocher – Development Officer

Claire Huttenlocher

Development Officer

Claire Huttenlocher serves as a Development Officer for the City of Detroit, and is responsible for building partnerships to secure corporate, philanthropic and public investment in city priorities across departments and agencies. Prior experiences at the Kresge Foundation, Living Cities Inc., Midtown Detroit Inc. and the FCA Foundation allowed Ms. Huttenlocher to build skills in grant writing, project management and community engagement.

Ms. Huttenlocher is a proud alumna of Challenge Detroit, a leadership and professional development program dedicated to engaging and serving communities across the city. Through the fellowship, she applied human-centered design principles to provide local nonprofits with strategic recommendations for further development, with topics ranging from sustainability and youth development to place-based entrepreneurship.

Ms. Huttenlocher graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Urban Studies, and spent a semester at The University of Oxford studying urban economic theory and global urban development. She is a native Michigander and is passionate about making city initiatives stronger and more accessible through innovative funding strategies.

Megan Nestor – Development Policy Intern

Megan Nestor

Development Policy Intern

Megan Nestor spent close to a decade working with non-profit organizations that combat systemic inequities facing low-income students of color. Most recently, she served as Program Director of The Opportunity Network, an organization that helps historically underrepresented students prepare for college and careers. During that time, Megan was also an avid volunteer for the Appalachian Mountain Club's Youth Opportunities Program, which works to introduce urban youth to outdoor adventures. Megan is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School.

List of Projects Worked On:
While an intern in the Development Office, Megan has supported grant proposals on topics ranging from building a new playground in Palmer Park, to the Grow Detroit Young Talent program, to lead remediation. She also provides support in the form of data and policy research for the team as needed.

Why I Chose Detroit:
I grew up in Metro Detroit, and after spending almost ten years in New York City, I felt more than ready to dedicate my energy and skills to my home and the city I grew up closest to. It’s exciting to be around so much innovation and passion, and I’m proud to contribute whatever I can to this special place.

Next Steps:
I’m looking forward to continuing my studies next year at the Ford School, and hope to continue work on supporting cities and urban revitalization after graduation – maybe even returning to Detroit!



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