Susan Mosey

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President of Midtown Detroit, Inc. in Detroit. Mosey has led the University Cultural Center Association, newly reconstituted as Midtown Detroit, for 24 years. Midtown Detroit is responsible for community development, marketing, public space maintenance, security services, real estate and small–business development, and arts programming within Detroit's University Cultural Center and New Center districts – an area now known as Midtown. Projects undertaken by the organization under her direction include public improvements, and residential and commercial real estate development and management. The organization also produces a number of signature arts events for the district, including Art X Detroit, DLECTRICITY and Noel Night. Since 2000, Midtown Detroit, Inc. has raised more than $60 million in direct support for a variety of initiatives, including the restoration and conversion of six historic homes into a boutique hotel, the Inn on Ferry Street, and a façade matching grant program which has provided more than $1 million to local business owners. Midtown Detroit recently received the Urban Land Institute's Global Award for Excellence, the real estate industry's most prestigious honor, for the TechTown Living Room, an initiative of nonprofit urban development. Currently, Midtown Detroit's neighborhood redevelopment initiatives include the creation of a walkable arts district and renovation of numerous historic structures for market–rate and mixed–income housing. Most recently, the organization is administering the national Living Cities Integration Initiative, providing commercial debt and low–interest loans, mixed–use development, and charter school financing. Mosey has been awarded the inaugural Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and named by Crain's Detroit Business as a Newsmaker of the Year and one of the Women to Watch, and by MLive as one of 13 Michiganders to Watch in 2013. She received her bachelor's degree in urban planning from Wayne State University.

WHERE BORN: “Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “The folks that have most supported my work over the years are Joe and Gil Hudson of the Hudson–Weber Foundation.”

LAST BOOK READ:A Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Passionate, hard–working, committed.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “In the community development industry, it's moving toward strong public–private partnerships.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “I'm really low–tech – I'm more focused on personal relationships.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Northern Michigan.”


FAVORITE FOOD: “Anything chocolate.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm a great mentor.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “For making a difference.”