LifeBUILDERS Detroit Welcomes Wayne State Fellow, Alaina Jackson

LifeBUILDERS Detroit, recently announced being selected as a part of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows 2017-2019 program and welcomed Alaina Jackson, to its staff. Jackson serves as the Director of Housing. She brings years of expertise to the Regent Park community. Alaina is a a champion for economic development projects that are place- and asset-based. Her work at LifeBUILDERS will be focused on unravelling complicated urban problems to help develop strong homeowners in Detroit's northeast side.

Returning home to Detroit after spending 20 years away, Jackson is a graduate of Cass Technical High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communications and urban studies from Northwestern University as well as a Master in Planning degree and a Doctorate of Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California. 

In her past roles, Jackson's passions took her to work abroad exploring urban centers and historically marginalized communities while living and working in Mexico, Germany, Costa Rica and Brazil. These experiences challenged her to be more inclusive and creative in her problem solving.  Jackson is an avid reader and enjoys spending her weekends with her husband and family. 

The Detroit Revitalization Fellows program, an initiative of the Office of Economic Development at Wayne State University. The Detroit Revitalization Fellows are talented mid-career leaders stimulating progress within Detroit's civic, community and economic development landscape. This select group of doers engages in a rigorous two-year leadership development program while serving full time at organizations working to further key programs and projects across Detroit and the region.

LifeBUILDERS, a faith based, nonprofit 501c3 organization, is committed to seeing the community of Regent Park, located on Detroit's northeast side, restored to the thriving community it once was. Founded in 2005 by Larry and Marilyn Johnson, LifeBUILDERS’ mission is to Empower Youth, ReClaim the Neighborhood, Build Communitas. Since that time, LifeBUILDERS has purchased and restored more than 45 homes and two apartment buildings.  Lifebuilders is equally well recognized for its youth and family programs.  A recently renovated park and a soon to be constructed Early Childhood Education facility are just a few of the many things that Lifebuilders is doing to bring life and hope to the residents of this Detroit neighorhood.   For more information, visit

 Wayne State Fellow, Alaina Jackson

Wayne State Fellow, Alaina Jackson