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.