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Kimberly Driggins

Kimberly C. Driggins is the Director of Strategic Planning in the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing several citywide planning initiatives including: updated comprehensive plan, open space plan, historic preservation plan, and an arts and culture plan.

Prior to joining the City of Detroit, Ms. Driggins worked for the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning for seven years, as the Associate Director for Citywide Planning. She was responsible for managing planning studies in several areas including: housing, economic development, transportation, facilities and capital improvement planning.

In addition, Ms. Driggins served as the project manager for several creative placemaking initiatives including; Temporary Urbanism program, Kresge Foundation and ArtPlace grants, and the Third Place initiative.

Ms. Driggins began her career as a consultant working on real estate, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization projects in the private and non-profit sectors. She received a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with highest honors, in political science from Hampton University.

Most recently, Ms. Driggins was a Loeb Fellow (2016) at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; where she explored the intersection of design, civic engagement and creative placemaking through the lens of equity and inclusion.