Eleanore Eveleth joined Data Driven Detroit
in 2009 as D3's community development project manager. She brings a unique combination of policy development, technical planning, and community organizing experience to bear on D3's efforts to support community development efforts in Detroit. She develops systems to analyze and communicate neighborhood dynamics to inform neighborhood revitalization and strategic planning processes in Detroit. She also works with community development practitioners to identify their technical and data needs and to increase their access to relevant and user-friendly data.
Prior to joining D3, she developed tools to analyze Detroit's housing market and abandonment challenges, as a consultant to the Detroit Office of Foreclosure Prevention and Response. As a planning consultant to Zachary and Associates, she was responsible for providing the data, analysis, and technical planning support for the 2008 AIA's Sustainable Design Assessment Team charrette, which provided early recommendations for the redesign and densification of Detroit.
Eleanore received her bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Michigan and a masters in urban planning from Wayne State University. She was awarded the Galster Prize, which honors the academic achievement of one graduate from the MUP program. She also received Fulbright-Hayes funding to study and participate in a community survey and planning process in Gujarat, India and a project to plan and build the first permanent housing project following the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka.
Eleanore dove into the process of rehabbing a vacant house in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood in 2000. While honing electrical and pipe-sweating skills, she worked at SEMCOG as a planning assistant and as a graduate research assistant at WSU. She was later the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild in Detroit, where she was responsible for organizational development and coordination of the NLG's volunteer legal services and social justice campaigns.
Eleanore has served on the boards of several community organizations and is an active volunteer for tree plantings, building gardens and parks, neighborhood clean-ups, and other community-building projects throughout the city. The ten-year project to rehab a house in Woodbridge was so fulfilling that she's moved onto a house in the New Center area.