Nicole Brown is the Community Relations Manager for M-1 RAIL, the non-profit organization leading development of the $140 million Woodward Avenue Streetcar project. In this role, Brown is responsible for managing the projects resident, business and visitor civic engagement efforts. During her tenure, she has developed and managed the execution of a comprehensive public involvement strategy that connects stakeholders from across sectors, geographical boundaries, and social – economic, racial and gender lines to this transformative transportation project. Brown is responsible for the design and implementation of the M-1 RAIL Summer Internship Program, an integrated cross-sector youth workforce development program. Additionally she manages the coordination and delivery of business support services by community partners to small businesses impacted by the M-1 RAIL construction.
Most recently, Brown was the Communications and Partnerships Manager for the educational non-profit organization, Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD). While there, she managed community and stakeholder engagement strategies for several projects and the innovative social media program Ed Matters Here. Prior to joining ESD, Brown a served as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) /Living Cities Integration Initiative (LCII) Detroit program, the Woodward Corridor Initiative. During her tenure with the Initiative, she crafted effective community engagement strategies for a number of projects including the Whole Food Site Development Project, Midtown Detroit, Inc. Transit Oriented Design Strategy and The North End Reinvestment Strategy. Additionally, she developed several international award winning communications platforms for the initiative including it’s highly regarded website (2011 Marcom Gold, Non-Profit Sector), 2011 Woodward Corridor Initiative Baseline Report (2011 Marcom Gold, Non-Profit Sector) and 2012 Woodward Corridor Initiative Annual Report (2012 Marcom Gold, Non-Profit Sector).
Brown began her career in community engagement with regional economic development non-profit, Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3). While there, she served as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Brown attended Eastern Michigan University where she studied Journalism and Public Relations.
A native Detroiter, Brown is deeply committed to the community and has served on a number of boards and committees including; Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Detroit Synergy, Declare Detroit, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Community Resources, Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Regional News Hub and the World Economic Forum’s Global Sharpers-Detroit Hub. In 2013, she was honored as one of the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40.