Libby received her Master’s of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan in 2000 and has supported community and economic development for the past fifteen years. Currently, she is Principal of ProSeeds, LLC, a consulting firm focused on fund development, planning and project management. She also lectures in the Urban Planning program for the University of Michigan, where she has the pleasure of working on capstone courses with graduate students to bridge planning education and real-life experience in community-based planning.
Recent projects include assisting the Mayor’s Office with a Federal Promise Zone designation application, support of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, and coordination of the GREEN Task Force and Conner Creek Greenway efforts for the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative.
Prior to ProSeeds, Libby was Program Officer and Director for the Detroit Neighborhood Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan where she helped to manage a $15 million Fund for Detroit’s near-east side neighborhoods.
Libby has also served as both Fund Development Director and Program Director for the Jefferson East Business Association where she garnered over $2 million in funding for the organization including a coveted Cool Cities designation from the State of Michigan, a six-year Re$tore Detroit! Designation from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization. Her 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.
Libby has also worked on community and economic development projects with a variety of other non-profits 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.