MISSIONOur mission is to facilitate holistic revitalization through sustainable residential housing development that embraces grass roots community outreach and the power of creative place-making.
Andrew Colom is an accomplished writer and real estate developer. He graduated from Columbia University in 2005 with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing. He received a full scholarship from the New York Times to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts and finished his Masters in 2007. Besides pursuing the arts through writing, film production, and theater, he started a real estate company in his hometown of Columbus, Mississippi. He started with 5 Single Family Homes and built that company up to 15 houses and 300 apartment units. He has worked in all facets of real estate from small to large scale renovations to new home construction, property management, and real estate bookkeeping.
Andrew moved to Detroit in February of 2015 to focus on using the arts and real estate development to improve Detroit's neighborhoods through community partnerships.
David Alade is a born and raised native New Yorker. After graduating with a degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Columbia University in 2009, he pursued a career on Wall Street where he focused on providing an array of secured financing solutions for consumer finance companies. During his six years in investment banking at Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse, David facilitated over $100BN in financing for mid-size to Fortune 500 companies, including tens of billions of dollars of financing for the finance arms of the Big 3 US auto companies (Ford, GM and Chrysler). In the summer of 2014, David fell in love with the charismatic energy burning within the city of Detroit and began financially investing in its neighborhoods.
David moved to Detroit in May 2015 to focus on community advocacy and real estate development in Detroit’s urban neighborhoods on a full-time basis.
Kimberly Dowdell has designed or managed over $100 million in assets as a licensed architect, a real estate project manager and a city government official. Her career with major architectural firms in Washington, D.C. and New York coupled with her real estate experience with Levien & Company in New York and her tenure working with the City of Detroit have all rounded out Kimberly’s experience as an equitable development professional. Kimberly is a native of Detroit and a lecturer at the University of Michigan.
Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning, where she currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Council. Her graduate degree is from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she earned a Mid-Career Master of Public Administration as a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow in the Center for Public Leadership.
Kimberly moved back to Detroit to focus on urban revitalization and real estate development in May 2015. She became a partner of Century Partners in June 2017.
Patrick Linder has a background in architectural design, community organizing, and project management. He has designed or managed projects in Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, and Utah. His recent Michigan projects include design development for Michigan State Fairgrounds and a 12-story student housing tower in Ann Arbor.
Patrick earned a Bachelor of Art and Architecture at Judson University's College of Architecture. His graduate degree is from the University of Michigan, where he earned a Masters in Architecture and a Real Estate Certificate. During his graduate studies, Patrick worked at Hobbs+Black, an Ann Arbor based architecture firm. He is currently pursuing his architecture license in Illinois and Michigan.
Patrick is a Chicagoland native who has lived in Michigan for the past three years. Immediately after his 2017 graduation, he moved to Detroit to focus on community development, construction management, and urban revitalization. He is now the proud owner of a home in the city.
Kyle Ofori is a prospective economic and community developer. As the 2017 summer fellow, he is learning about and working in property management, development finance, and community engagement.
Kyle studied Economics and Mandarin Chinese at Princeton University. After graduating, he moved to Detroit to teach high school math at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy with Teach For America. He later joined the apprenticeship program at Detroit Labs, through which he became a full-time mobile application developer. While there, he co-founded an after-school program to teach high school students the fundamentals of coding and front-end web development. In his spare time, he volunteered with Eastside Community Network, a local community development corporation.
Kyle is a candidate for the Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Master of Urban Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow at the Kennedy School. He is focusing on economic development in underserved communities.
Leydya Yatooma is a Detroit-based photographer and social media specialist.