The UpDayton Board of Directors has named the keynote speakers for the UpDayton Summit on April 10. This year’s event will feature two keynote speakers, both affiliates of the Detroit Future City nonprofit group tasked with re-imagining Detroit’s urban planning and civic engagement programs. Together, they will present case studies from Detroit demonstrating how volunteers and civic engagement (plus a well-developed community plan) made an impact in the Motor City, providing tips and insight to help volunteers polish the Gem City.
Charles Cross, ASLA, is the senior landscape designer at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He holds degrees in agriculture and urban landscape architecture as well as a master’s in urban design.
Allandra Bulger is a Detroit revitalization fellow serving as a program manager for the Detroit Future City implementation office and convenes the civic capacity working group. Allandra has held a number of leadership positions in human service organizations including managing a Title IV-E funding program of the Wayne County Juvenile Assessment Center, and working at DEXDesign Associates Inc, where she specialized in developing and delivering technical assistance to community based nonprofit organizations.
This year’s UpDayton summit will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Dayton Art Institute. Registration is now open at updayton.city.
UpDayton is a volunteer-organized, nonprofit organization dedicated to attracting and retaining young talent in the greater Dayton area. Its action plan committees meet regularly to formulate and execute ideas to make Dayton a better place to live, work and play. Additionally, UpDayton’s Catalyst Program offers services to help area colleges and businesses better connect their students and young professionals to the region through personal interaction.