MISSION

Our mission is to facilitate holistic revitalization through sustainable residential housing development that embraces grass roots community outreach and the power of creative place-making.

PARTNERS

                    FOUNDING PARTNER

FOUNDING PARTNER

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.
 

 
                     FOUNDING PARTNER

FOUNDING PARTNER

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 eight 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.


 

 
                                     PARTNER

PARTNER

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 Cornell University Council and Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee. 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 (CPL). She currently serves on the Alumni Council for CPL.

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. 

TEAM

                DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AND                                   CONSTRUCTION

DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AND

CONSTRUCTION

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.

 
        DIRECTOR OF SALES AND LEASING

DIRECTOR OF SALES AND LEASING

Ishma Best is a native New Yorker with a passion for real estate sales and providing his clients with the highest level of service. He embodies integrity, responsiveness, and attention to detail for all of his real estate transactions - regardless of scale. His priority is to always build and retain strong professional relationships with his clients, who span all backgrounds and walks of life.

After being introduced to real estate as a child through his family's residential and commercial properties in Brooklyn and Barbados, Ishma has distinguished himself in the real estate business with his strong work ethic and optimistic nature. Following receipt of his degree in Information Technology at The University of Delaware and Medgar Evers College, Ishma pursued a career in real estate and has worked alongside top luxury real estate brokers, specializing in representing buyers and sellers of condos and co-ops throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn at major brokerage firms Corcoran and Compass. His clients include leaders in the technology and financial sectors, along with some of New York’s most successful young entrepreneurs. He looks forward to bringing that level of service and professionalism to the neighborhoods of Detroit.

In 2018, Ishma fell in love with Detroit upon realizing its beautiful history, housing inventory, and the strong pride of its people. He especially appreciates the resilience he sees in Detroiters and has decided to make Detroit his new home to support neighborhood revitalization through real estate sales and leasing.

 
                   MARKETING ASSOCIATE

MARKETING ASSOCIATE

Talice Sagerer experience spans economic development, real estate, marketing, and fashion.

Talice is currently studying economics and anthropology at the University of Michigan. While pursuing her undergraduate studies, she worked for Keller Williams Realty and Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit. She also volunteered with Eviction Defense to help families in disadvantaged areas facing foreclosure and eviction. In Fall 2017, she joined the Century Partners team as a Fall Fellow primarily assigned to the Fitz Forward Project, where she was able further her knowledge of land-use and zoning, development finance, community engagement and workforce development.

Talice is originally from New York City. She moved to Detroit in August 2014, to focus on community development and real estate.

 
                EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF                     CENTURY FORWARD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF

CENTURY FORWARD

Michelle Bolofer is a native Detroiter who grew up just north of Fitzgerald in the Bagley neighborhood.

After earning bachelor's degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan, she directed her ambitions toward education, teaching high school on the south side of Chicago and then returning to the Metro Detroit area as a learning specialist and diversity and inclusion advocate.

Upon receiving a master’s degree in mathematics from Wayne State University, she shifted from education to the business world, working as a consultant for a financial and business advisory firm. After two years serving clients, she transitioned into internal services to develop curriculum for the firm and work with leadership to expand diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Michelle brings a passion for social justice, equity, and diversity to her work in community advocacy and neighborhood revitalization.

 
                            ASSET MANAGER

ASSET MANAGER

Aaron Wright background is in property preservation, project management, residential rehabs and property management. He has rehabbed over 700 homes over the Detroit and Metro Detroit area. In his most recent position, Aaron was the property manager for over 500 properties, located primarily in the city of Detroit.

Aaron was born and raised in Metro Detroit. He started his career working for the property preservation department of Flagstar Bank headquartered in the northern Metro Detroit area. Since making a career shift to Construction & Project Management in 2014 for a privately owned company, he has led the creation rental properties, rehabilitation of homes for sale and property management in Detroit. After immersing himself in Detroit, like many of us, he fell in love with the city. More profoundly, he has fallen in love with the idea of being part of the story of Detroit. To bring it back not just to its former glory, but also into the future as a young and modern city of tomorrow.

 

Fellows

 
                   SUMMER FELLOW 2018

SUMMER FELLOW 2018

India Solomon is native Detroiter who grew up between Detroit's West Side and the inner-ring suburb of Oak Park. She is an emerging equitable development professional passionate about building livable, sustainable, and culturally responsive communities. As the 2018 Summer Fellow, India will employ her skills in visual and written communication, policy analysis, neighborhood planning, and real estate development to support the Fitzgerald Neighborhood Revitalization Project.

As a second-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate at the University of Michigan, India serves as Co-President of the Urban Planning Student Association and Student Representative on the Michigan Association of Planning’s Board of Directors. She is pursuing an academic focus in physical planning and design and a Certificate in Real Estate Development. India now lives on Detroit’s East Side and is committed to strengthening the city’s neighborhoods through her work.

 

                      SUMMER FELLOW 2017

SUMMER FELLOW 2017

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.

 

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