Libby Levy, a lecturer at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, works with graduate students on capstone courses that bridge planning education and real-life experience in community-based planning. Currently, she is principal of ProSeeds LLC, a consulting firm focused on fund development, planning, and project management. Recent projects include assisting the City of Detroit’s Mayor’s Office with a Federal Promise Zone designation application, supporting the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, and coordinating the GREEN Task Force and Conner Creek Greenway efforts for the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative.
Prior to ProSeeds, Levy was the program officer and director of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s Detroit Neighborhood Fund, where she helped to manage a $15 million fund for Detroit’s near-east side neighborhoods. She also has served as both fund development director and program director for the Jefferson East Business Association in Detroit, where she raised more than $2 million in funding for the organization, including a coveted Cool Cities designation from the State of Michigan, and a six-year Re$tore Detroit! designation from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization. Levy’s project management resulted in $2.5 million in private investment in the business district and included community organizing, streetscape design and implementation, façade improvements, real estate facilitation, event planning, and historic preservation. Levy also has worked on community and economic development projects with other nonprofits and initiatives, including the Belle Isle Conservancy, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Data Driven Detroit, Detroit Economic Growth Association, Food & Fitness Initiative, and Michigan Community Resources.
Levy received her Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.