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Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown currently serves as the Community Relations Manager for M-1 RAIL, the non-profit organization leading development of the $140 million Woodward Avenue Streetcar project. In this role, Brown is responsible for managing the projects resident, business and visitor engagement efforts through a human centered design lens. Brown brings to the M-1 RAIL team extensive experience as an community engagement and marketing communications professional with expertise in the areas of community and economic development.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most recently, Brown was the Communications and Partnerships Manager for the educational non-profit organization, Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD). While there, she managed community and stakeholder engagement strategies for several projects and the innovative social media program Ed Matters Here. Prior to joining ESD, Brown a served as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Midtown Detroit, Inc. /Living Cities Integration Initiative Detroit program, the Woodward Corridor Initiative. During her tenure with the Initiative, she crafted and led successful community engagement strategies for a number of projects including the Whole Food Site Development Project, Midtown Detroit, Inc. Transit Oriented Design Strategy and The North End Reinvestment Strategy. Brown began her career in community engagement with regional planning and economic development non-profit,                                                   Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3). While there, Brown served as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Ms. Brown graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Journalism with a minor in Public Relations.

 A native Detroiter, Brown is deeply committed to the community and has served on a number of boards and committees including; Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Regional News Hub, Hope Closet and the World Economic Forum’s Global Sharpers-Detroit Hub.  In 2013, she was honored as one of the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40.  In 2015 she was named a Presidio Institute Cross-Sector Fellow, a program of the San Francisco based, Presidio Institute and the White House’s Department of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.