Executive & Advisory board Members

We're a dedicated team of writers, designers, real estate developers, lawyers, finance pros and creatives. 

 
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Sarah F. Cox

Co-Founder and Director

Cox moved to Detroit in 2011 as founding editor of Curbed Detroit, a local real estate news site. In 2012 she began redeveloping a dilapidated Victorian mansion in midtown, around the time that she and co-founder of Write A House, Toby Barlow, got an idea for a twist on a writer's residency. In 2014 she left Curbed to run Write A House and has over-seen the property redevelopment of the organization. She currently works as a real estate agent and developer in the city of Detroit and writes for design and architecture publications in her free time. 

 

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Francis Grunow

Vice President

Francis is an urban policy consultant, writer, and parade maker. In previous lives, he has been a law student, director of Detroit's architectural preservation organization, a retailer, documentary filmmaker, and an urban planner in NYC. Francis loves cities and thinks Write A House is one of the better ideas to come along in Detroit in a long time. 

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Ali Moubarak 

Director of Events

Ali has led the organization's House Party fundraising series since February 2016 when he joined the board. Detroit-born and Midwest raised, this resident of downtown Detroit is a mastermind of connecting people within the city. 

 

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Hannah Gordon

Secretary

Hannah is a Detroit-based fiction writer, feminist, and coffee addict. She is the assistant editor of CHEAP POP. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Burrow Press Review, WhiskeyPaper, Synaesthesia Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, great weather for MEDIA and more. When she's not writing, she's hanging out with her cat and watching cooking competitions.

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Aaron Spencer

Aaron is a Senior Application Engineer for GE Aviation. In addition he is a current grad student at Wayne State University pursing my MBA in Global Supply Chain and Management. An aspiring philanthropist and entrepreneur, he is presently building and brainstorming blueprints to outline his future, focusing on growth, mentoring, and enjoying life.

 

Jason Friedmann

Jason is an urban planner and economic developer with over 15 years of experience working in Detroit and surrounding communities.  He is currently redeveloping a historic meat packing warehouse in the city of Hamtramck, serves as the president of the Nortown Community Development Corporation on Detroit's northeast side, and is leading an effort to develop the State of Michigan's first urban mountain biking trail system in Detroit's Rouge Park.

Casey Rocheteau

Born on Cape Cod, Casey is now an author, visual/sound artist and historian living in Detroit, Michigan. Casey's work explores the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, trauma, body image and mental health. 

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Jim Alsup

Jim is an architectural consultant who designs and manages the building and renovation of homes and offices in the U.S. and Europe. He is also a physician's assistant who has lectured on medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he served as associate director of the physician associate program. After a devastating earthquake in Haiti, he volunteered his services with Partners in Health and Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Medicine. He has worked with Yale's medical school in Uganda, caring for HIV/AIDS patients. He has a private partnership that has developed and installed rural water projects in Uganda and Togo.

Kat Hartman

Advisory Board Member

Kat designs complex information, a process situated at the intersection of art and research. Her interdisciplinary approach to service and information design benefits from her ability to incorporate data analysis and data visualization techniques. She often operates as a translator between the expert and the public, using narratives, metaphors, and images to foster communication. She lives and works in Detroit.

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Rich Fahle

Advisory Board Member

Rich has worked in books, media and bookselling for 30 years, currently as Executive Producer of PBS Book View Now  providing national coverage of book fairs, festivals and literary events for distribution across the PBS platform, in partnership with Detroit Public Television. He is also the founder and CEO of Astral Road Media, a media marketing and distribution company focused on authors and writers. Before that, he worked as an executive at Borders and C-SPAN, and began his career in books as a manager at Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C.

Delphia Simmons

Advisory Board Member

Delphia is a member of the leadership team at Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Detroit Michigan where she serves as Chief Strategy & Learning Officer. She is the founder of Thrive Detroit, L3C, which publishes Thrive Detroit Street Newspaper to provide micro-enterprise opportunities for low-income individuals.

A native Detroiter,  she currently serves on the several committees that promote equity and support community and is a 2015-2017 Detroit Revitalization Fellow. For fun, she enjoys reading, learning, traveling, and riding her bike around Detroit. 

 

Reimer Priester

Advisory Board Member

Reimer is the Founder and Managing Partner of Villages Property Management, a real estate development, historic rehabilitation and property management firm working to rebuild the Kercheval Retail Corridor and the Villages of Detroit.  Previously Reimer held development and philanthropic leadership positions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. He is in the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit, Class 38 and a committed Board Members of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

 

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Courtney Wise Randolph

Advisory Board Member

Courtney is a writer and nonprofit professional with primary experience in education- and youth-focused organizations throughout Detroit. She is currently the Community Engagement Manager at 826michigan, an innovative writing and tutoring center serving more than 4,000 students across Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti. This year, she is working to launch a personal writing business in which she supports entrepreneurs, activists, and the common stars who make Detroit great in crafting the vital stories they lack the time to record themselves. Fun fact: Courtney's patronus is a badger.

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Kim James

Advisory Board Member

Kim James is an attorney for the City of Detroit, specializing in procurement and land use matters. Further, Kim is a realtor, and the owner of James Hall Realty. Throughout her career, Kim has worked with many nonprofits on organizational structuring and affordable housing development. Kim is a founding board member of Write A House and served as Treasurer from 2012-2016. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan but has lived in Detroit since graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996 and currently resides in the Lafayette Park neighborhood with her 15 year old son and their cat Charlotte. 

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Michael Stone-Richards

Advisory Board Member

Michael has published widely in French and English on the avant-garde in poetry, critical theory, and art. Since his arrival in Detroit he has become deeply involved in the various parts of its arts and performance community, first and foremost with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), where he was a founding member of the Program Committee, and the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DIA. He has also served on the founding board of advisors for the Kresge Arts in Detroit, and is a founding board member of Write A House.

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Kristin Lusn

Advisory Board Member

Attorney Kristin Lusn has a long history in Detroit nonprofits and is now working at the Michigan Women’s Foundation where she is in charge of corporate relations, donor management and fund development, envisioning, planning, coordinating events and community relations. Previously she joined the City of Detroit's legal team as the City was historically emerging from bankruptcy, viewing it as an opportunity to make a difference in the City during one of the most interesting political times under Mayor Mike Duggan's Administration. She is a graduate of MSU, has over 12 years of legal practice, and is a board member at many local nonprofits including the Michigan Humane Society DIA and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.

Vince Dattilo

Advisory Board Member

Vince became Vice President of Construction and Project Management for the Roxbury Group in 2008. He serves the firm and its clients as project manager, overseeing all aspects of project design, budgeting and construction. Prior to the Roxbury Group, Vince was the founding partner of a commercial construction and development firm. Vince has more than 20 years experience in urban redevelopment acting as lead construction manager on several multi-family residential and commercial projects in the City of Detroit and surrounding suburbs including Canfield Lofts, Art Center Town and Carriage Homes, Ferry Street Town Homes, and the Graybar Lofts at 55 West Canfield. Vince earned a Bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration Kalamazoo College.

Monique Phillips

Advisory Board Member

Monique serves as the Corporate Development Officer for the City of Detroit, where she is responsible for creating and strengthening corporate relationships and securing investments to support city initiatives. Monique is currently in pursuit of her PhD in Political Science from Wayne State University, holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Clark Atlanta University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Additionally, she is in pursuit of a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification, has received a Certificate in Advanced Nonprofit Fundraising from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and remains an active membership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).