Wayne State taps Asandi Conner as Director of Detroit Revitalization Fellows

sandi Conner, who has served as the program’s interim director since April, has been named director of Detroit Revitalization Fellows.

The program places emerging leaders with Detroit-area civic, community and economic development organizations to further their programs and projects. As DRF director, Conner will oversee strategic development, fundraising, communications and overall management.

“My respect for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows program and our talented network of doers has only deepened during my two years with this program,” Conner says. “I look forward to leading our team as we continue to develop a strong, diverse group of urban leaders who are driving some of the most high-impact projects in Detroit.”

Conner will also oversee DRF’s spinoff program,, the Kresge Mayor’s Fellows, which places DRF alumni in leadership positions in Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration.

“Detroit Revitalization Fellows is increasingly being looked to as a national model for urban leadership programs,” said Ned Staebler, Wayne State’s vice president for economic development. “The program will benefit greatly from Asandi’s vision and strong leadership as it continues to deepen its impact on neighborhoods across Detroit.”


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