Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has nominated Antoine Bryant to serve as the director of the planning and development department. His selection is contingent upon approval by the Detroit City Council.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have someone of the national reputation that Antoine brings to lead the process of redeveloping our neighborhoods in close collaboration with residents,” says Duggan. “He has a clear commitment to – and a long track record of – deep community engagement and developing a vision and plan that reflects the desires of residents.”
Bryant will lead the city’s neighborhood redevelopment strategy and ensuring residents play a leading role in the planning process. His background in civic engagement, community-led design, and social empowerment should aid him in the process.
With more than 25 years of experience, Bryant has directed efforts across the country, from neighborhood plans to full-scale strategic planning activities. He comes to Detroit from Houston, where he has served as business development and project manager for Moody Nolan, an architectural firm.
“The mayor and I share the belief that residents must have a voice in planning and development and in creating a more equitable city,” says Bryant. “The challenges that Detroit is experiencing are not new or unique, but we have a mayor that gets it, a hardworking municipal staff, a passionate City Council and dedicated philanthropic and corporate communities to overcome those challenges together.