Senior Program Manager, Detroit Future City
Shari C. Williams serves as the Senior Program Manager for Detroit Future City (DFC). In her role, Shari has worked to improve and manage the operational processes of the organization’s programs and projects. She also led the development and management of the Field Guide to Working with Lots grant program which, under her leadership, awarded $330,000 to community groups, provided technical assistance to more than 30 groups, and transformed more than 70 vacant lots in Detroit. Shari currently leads engagement efforts, which seeks to provide thought leadership, evidence-based research, and community engagement to promote economic equity in Detroit. Shari has extensive experience working in Detroit communities. Before joining DFC, Shari worked with Focus: HOPE as a family and community partnerships manager, where she facilitated collaborative relationships among parents, the community, and the organization. Shari has also served as the bus campaign coordinator at Transportation Riders United, where she assisted with the organization’s annual Detroit Department of Transportation’s Bus Campaign Report in 2012, leading the Bus Timeliness campaign and developing its first customer service evaluation effort. Shari has a master’s degree in urban planning specializing in community and housing development from Wayne State University, and a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in social science specializing in economics and public policy from Michigan State University. Shari's passion is to see that residents in her hometown have the tools needed to be successful. In her spare time, Shari enjoys being with her family, cooking, and being outdoors.