Detroit Land Bank Authority Names Executive Director

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Carrie Lewand-Monroe has been appointed executive director of the The Detroit Land Bank Authority. She had been acting executive director since October.

Lewand-Monroe will handle the day to day operations at the authority. An attorney, Lewand-Monroe has had a lengthy career creating land use and housing policy. She previously served as director of policy at Detroit Future City, and as executive director of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.                         

Lewand-Monroe, of Ann Arbor, joined the the authority in February 2014, and has previously held the positions of senior adviser, and deputy director for acquisitions and land reuse, and principal director of disposition. She was responsible for the oversight of the city’s Hardest Hit Fund demolition program, which has resulted in thousands of demolitions, and has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a national model for safe environmental practices in demolition.  

She also has overseen the Land Bank side lot program, which has put more than 2,700 side lots into the hands of neighbors, and back into productive use.

She has a Bachelor of Arts from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., and a juris doctor from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. 

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